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School District Discusses Proposed Tax Increase in 2018-19 Budget
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer

            The business administrator for the Upper Perkiomen School District presented the minimum and maximum proposed tax increases for the 2018-19 budget. Sandra Kassel presented the option of a zero millage increase and a 2.9 percent millage rate increase during Tuesday's second budget meeting, which examined revenues.

            Both options would lead to a tax hike. Maintaining the current millage rate would lead to a $35 to $44 tax increase due to the STEB rate, which would equal a 1.2 percent tax increase, according to Kassel. She also told the board members that the latter proposal would equate to a 4.14 percent increase.

            Member Jim Glackin asked when they would receive "real hard numbers," according to one person in the room.

            "More discussions will occur at later meetings," Kassel wrote in an email message. The next budget meeting is scheduled for April 24.

            The business administrator listed only those two options during the meeting. More discussions will occur at future meetings, according to Kassel.

            A PowerPoint presentation made to the members, projects the total revenue and fund balance for the upcoming school at $62.094 million.

            Under a 0.0 millage rate increase, the board's expenditures would exceed its revenue by $2.615 million, according to the presentation. With a 2.9 percent millage rate increase, that figure drops to $1.589 million according to the projected figures.

            In the initial scenario, the district is expected to collect $39.665 million in local revenue. That number would increase to $40.691 million at the high rate, according to the presentation. The district expects to receive $19.355 million from the state and $ 457,252 from the federal government.

            In other news, Athletic Director Robert Kurzweg discussed a uniform replacement schedule with the board. Superintendent Alexis McGloin proposed creating a subcommittee, which would include students and a member of the school board, to explore adding additional sports or adding ninth grade teams.

            Board member Dr. John Farris suggested that discussions should include additional programs that include academics and art as well as athletics.





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