Neshaminy tax increase no higher than 1.4 percent
The Neshaminy school board approved a resolution stating it would not raise taxes above the Act 1 limit of 1.4 percent. The school district is facing an $11.2 million budget gap for the 2011-12 school year. A 1.4 percent increase would equate to about 2.2 mills, an increase of $61 for the average property. The Neshaminy school board and administrators are facing several unknown factors in budget preparation, including the fact that teachers have been working under an expired contract since June 2008 and the possibility of a new charter school opening in the district. Neshaminy School District serves Middletown, Lower Southampton, Langhorne, Langhorne Manor, Hulmeville and Penndel. The proposed preliminary budget is available online at www.neshaminy.org.
Source: Bucks County Courier Times; 1/20/2011 & 2/9/2011
Bensalem schools eye $40 tax hike
Bensalem school directors approved a 2011-12 preliminary budget that includes a 1.8-mill tax increase. For the average home assessed at $22,000, the school property tax bill would rise about $39.70 for a total of $3,126. However, the proposed tax increase is not enough to cover the budget deficit, and the district plans on dipping into savings for at least $2 million to cover the spending gap. Click here for the Bensalem Township School District website.
Source: Bucks County Courier Times; 2/10/2011
Centennial elementary redistricting plan unveiled
At a recent public forum, the Centennial school district unveiled proposed boundary changes for its planned transition from six elementary schools to three. The district will provide transportation to about 40 students who will be affected by a change to the school boundary lines so that they will not have to switch to a different school. Parents in attendance at the forum were concerned that the district is not maintaining an equal student population within the three elementary schools, with two schools having about 900 students each and the third only about 800. The district drew proposed boundary lines in anticipation of possible new housing in the district. A second Community Elementary Redistricting Forum is scheduled for Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. at the Klinger Middle School. Click here for the district website.
Source: The Intelligencer; 2/10/2011
Bristol Borough schools face $1 million budget gap
The Bristol Borough school board approved a $22.3 million preliminary spending plan for the 2011-12 school year. The district’s projected revenue is $21.1 million, leaving a $1 million deficit. If the district were to use only a tax increase to fill the budget gap, it would need to increase school property taxes by 14.6 mills. Act 1 sets the amount a school district can increase taxes without exceptions at 1.8 percent, or 2.5 mills for Bristol Borough. If the district is not approved for exceptions to cover retirement contributions and debt service, the board would need to approve a referendum for the May primary ballot asking residents to approve a tax increase above the Act 1 limit. The district budget committee will continue to meet in order to lower the preliminary deficit. The budget is scheduled for final adoption in June.
Source: Bucks County Courier Times; 1/21/2011