- — Evan Brandt (@PottstownNews)Tue, Feb 13 2018 23:55:36Boyertown School Board President Donna Usavage outlines short-term goals for board include hiring a new superintendent and new chief financial officer. Also, budget, teacher contract and high school stadium.
- — Evan Brandt (@PottstownNews)Wed, Feb 14 2018 00:11:59Board now considering motion to adopt preliminary budget of $110 million, increases spending by $587,000. Operating deficit is $5 million. Raising taxes 2.9% cuts deficit to $3.1 million. Allowing exceptions cuts deficit to $1.5 million.
- Some background on the previous discussion on this subject...
- — Evan Brandt (@PottstownNews)Wed, Feb 14 2018 00:14:36Finance Committee Chair Steve Elsier says very preliminary budget numbers. Robert Caso says using fund balance and PSERS reserves means actual tax hike closer to 9%.
- — Evan Brandt (@PottstownNews)Wed, Feb 14 2018 00:15:56Caso says its shocking how little time previous board has spent on the budget, notes absenc elf advance budget planning in Usavage's outline of board goals. "I'm not going to vote for this thing because I don't think we've done our homework."
- — Evan Brandt (@PottstownNews)Wed, Feb 14 2018 00:18:37Breece says he looks forward to robust conversations about cuts to programs, and not just special education. Stop putting forward phony lists of cuts because we don't do our homework. Floored by last year's choices. Also will not vote for budget, he says.
- — Evan Brandt (@PottstownNews)Wed, Feb 14 2018 00:20:20Boyertown Board member Jill Dennin says taxes go up because cost of educating students goes up. It's not just Boyertown, it's every single district in the state. Warned 5 years ago, been kicking can down the road since. Cut two teachers last year.
- — Evan Brandt (@PottstownNews)Wed, Feb 14 2018 00:21:31Last year "foolishly locked ourselves into not going above the Act 1 index," says Dennin. Need to keep up with other high-achieving school districts. Close to bottom in tax rates in both Berks and Montgomery, and still have high achievement.
- — Evan Brandt (@PottstownNews)Wed, Feb 14 2018 00:24:08I personally am not interested in making any cuts. I'd like to do away with the activity fee, says Dennin. I think we're going to have to raise taxes. Says she will vote for budget.
- — Evan Brandt (@PottstownNews)Wed, Feb 14 2018 00:25:14Boyertown board member Ruth Dierolf says last board did away with $250,000 by doong away with the per capita tax. I couldn't believe the board did that. A lo tof work this board should have been doing all summer, but nothing was done.
- — Evan Brandt (@PottstownNews)Wed, Feb 14 2018 00:25:59I don't want to cut any programs either, says Dierolf. Like to see whyat this board has n mind for saving money to get this budget balanced.
- — Evan Brandt (@PottstownNews)Wed, Feb 14 2018 00:27:27Byertown Board member Brandon Foose suggests board have a workshop meeting on on ways to save money. Interim Superintendent David Krem says if budget not passed and stay at the index, you will face massive cuts.
- — Evan Brandt (@PottstownNews)Wed, Feb 14 2018 00:30:02Elsier says he agrees board should be looking at the budget year-round. Also, need a new CFO, new look, and new ideas. We need new blood. Previously talked about closong or reorganizing elementary school. Big ideas can change big costs.
- — Evan Brandt (@PottstownNews)Wed, Feb 14 2018 00:33:00Board member Christine Neiman says she will not vote for budget. Nothing's been done over last four years. I want to keep all programs, but comes a time in life when something's got to give. Have to stop spending unnecessarily on stuff, be more fiscally responsible to community.
Boyertown Faces 5.44% Tax Hike and Crumbling Stadium
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