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North Penn Toying With 3.8% Property Tax Increase in 2014

Jennifer Lawson of The Reporter reports that the district must find a way to make up for a $10 million budget gap, and may petition the state to allow them to go above the Act 1 1.7 percent cap on tax increases

Jennifer Lawson of The Reporter reports that North Penn School District is eyeing a 3.8 percent property tax increase in 2014, in order to close as much as a $10 million projected budget gap.

In doing so, the district may have to apply for an exception with the Department of Education to allow more than the 1.7 percent cap on a tax increase set by Act 1 of Pennsylvania.

District Business Administration Director Bob Schoch told the school board this week that the district implemented $20 million in budget balancing initiatives since 2010, which were one-time options.

Futhermore, the three charter school applications under consideration could impact the budget by as much as $7 million, Lawson reported.

One way the district could bring in more revenue and reduce spending is reverse the property tax assessment appeals, garnering about $750,000, according to the report.

The district could also continue with not filling 108 vacancies throughout the district, saving $5.8 million, according to the article. Secondary-level teaching positions make up about 8 percent of those 108 vacancies.

Read more on the district’s tax plans at this link at The Reporter Online.

Steven Long January 11, 2013 at 10:29 PM
How does one reverse a decision already made on tax assessment appeals? Is this a school district spending issue, or is this shortfall related to loss of funds to charter schools? SCREW the charter schools ... there is no way public schools can exist if money is sucked out of public education!
Pat January 13, 2013 at 03:29 AM
I agree this is a disturbing trend. Public education has been the backbone of America and we are smashing it to bits by privatizing it. This will be devastating to our inner cities as anyone who can afford it will pull their children out and only the poorest of the poor and the vulnerable will be left and they will suffer from dwindling resources. And once it is smashed how would we return once we have destroyed it?

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