Marple New­town pro­poses bud­get with tax hike

Daily Times (Primos, PA) - - NEWS - — LES­LIE KROWCHENKO

NEW­TOWN » The Marple New­town School Board voted unan­i­mously to adopt the 2018-2019 pro­posed fi­nal bud­get of $85.4 mil­lion – in­clud­ing a tax hike.

The district’s Act 1 in­dex for next year, as set by the state, is 2.4 per­cent and the di­rec­tors moved in Jan­uary that the tax in­crease would not ex­ceed that fig­ure. Un­like pre­vi­ous years, the board is not seek­ing ex­cep­tions through the Penn­syl­va­nia Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion.

The pro­posed bud­get rep­re­sents a 5.1 per­cent in­crease over the cur­rent year. Nearly 53 per­cent ($45.2 mil­lion) is al­lo­cated for in­struc­tion, 34 per­cent ($29.3 mil­lion) for sup­port ser­vices, 11 per­cent ($9.2 mil­lion) for fi­nanc­ing and 2 per­cent ($1.7 mil­lion) for op­er­a­tion of non-in­struc­tional ser­vices.

The ma­jor drivers of the tax hike are salaries, ben­e­fits and debt ser­vice for build­ing ren­o­va­tions and the district modeled an in­crease in the lat­ter for dis­cus­sion pur­poses, said Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tor Joe Driscoll.

The pro­posed fi­nal bud­get is avail­able for in­spec­tion at the district Ad­min­is­tra­tion Build­ing and on the district web­site, www. mnsd.net. The bud­get may be amended be­fore fi­nal adop­tion, slated for June 26.

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