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Initial 2014-2015 SVSD Budget Includes $450,000 Deficit

The district is dealing with rising costs associated with teacher pension requirements from the state and workmen's compensation and insurance costs.

A preliminary $41.6 million school district budget discussed by the Saucon Valley School Board Tuesday includes a $450,000 deficit that could ultimately be balanced by a 1.57 percent tax increase, program and/or staff cuts, a transfer of money from savings, or a combination of those options, the Express-Times reported.

The district is dealing with rising costs associated with teacher pension requirements from the state and workmen's compensation and insurance costs, the newspaper reported.

The school board has until June to approve a final budget for the 2014-2015 fiscal year, and the numbers discussed Tuesday are likely to change before then.

Saucon Valley has avoided passage of a budget with a property tax hike for the past five years.

The school board also approved retroactive three percent raises for a number of district employees and administrators at its meeting Tuesday.

The next Saucon Valley School Board meeting will be held Tuesday, Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. in the high school Audion room. Meetings are also live-streamed and the videos remain posted on YouTube.

The links to watch both live and past meetings are available on the School Board Agendas page on the school district website.
Allan Bach January 19, 2014 at 04:20 PM
I, too, am dealing with rising costs in my initial 2014-2015 budget. My healthcare cost is doubling, taxes on electricity, phone, and other services are rising, and I will not be able to retire at 67, like I had planned, due to the high cost of all the above, plus food and housing. My heart goes out to the teachers who have a guaranteed pension and salary - with tenure. I feel their pain.
Walter January 19, 2014 at 05:45 PM
It's simple, Allan. Just go on strike until you get what you want.
karen buss January 20, 2014 at 07:06 PM
I ,like million of other people are dealing with the rising cost of everyday living exspenses like utility increases ,cost of food and of course having to have health insurance on all family members thanks to our president.If your not getting screwed from our goverment, your getting screwed from your school district.I and most others dont get raises like these teachers get so how the **** do they expect people to pay more in school taxes.Enough is enough!!! Something else needs to be done instead of raising taxes all the time.People can bearly pay their school taxes now.

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