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Budget talks to resume in Palmerton schools

Published March 30. 2010 05:00PM

Budget talks are set to resume in the Palmerton Area School District.

The school board's Budget and Finance Committee will meet at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday in an attempt to formulate the 2010-11 budget.

The committee will once again review the maintenance department's budget, just as it did earlier this month in what was expected to be the final in a series of four meetings.

However, at that time, committee members decided that the numbers from the maintenance department's budget needed to be reworked, hence the need for another meeting.

Previously, the committee met with each of its building principals, as well as its technology, special education, and curriculum and instruction directors.

While no actual budget figure has yet to be agreed to, committee members have acknowledged that a tax increase is anticipated.

The board expects to adopt a preliminary budget in May, with final adoption to occur in June.

Last year, the district adopted a budget for the 2009-10 school year that called for a 2.44 percent, or 1 mill, increase.

The $25,488,593 spending plan raised the millage rate from 41 to 42 mills. That meant a person who owned a $100,000 home, which was assessed at $50,000, paid $2,100, or $50 more, to the district in property taxes.

Prior to that, the last time the district raised property taxes was in the 2007-08 school year, when it passed a budget with a 2.5 percent increase.

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