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Tax Hike Approved in Preliminary PASD Budget

The budget would raise taxes 3.1%, but according to a district employee, that's unlikely.

The PASD school board passed a preliminary budget with a 3.1 percent tax increase at Tuesday’s meeting, The Mercury is reporting.

The preliminary budget for the 2013-14 school year was set at $81,754,535, which marks a $4 million increase from last year. To cover the hike, the millage rate would move from 28.24 up to 29.15.

District executive director Stan Johnson cautioned residents to take the hike with a grain of salt though. It’s a preliminary budget he says, and he expects the board will tighten up a few things before the real thing passes.

 “We have a lot of work to do to get it to a more reasonable budget,” Johnson told the paper, adding that he didn’t “expect the residents to have to swallow a 3.1 percent increase.”

The budget passed 6-1. Paul Slaninka was the only “no” vote.

Read the full story here.

Joe Smith February 21, 2013 at 11:00 AM
Why not pass a prelim budget that has a tax hike of 0. Something we can swallow. Then work it down from there. Oh yea, forgot, gotta keep these govt schools going to keep producing misfits, and support the Phoenixville Extortion Association.
JK February 21, 2013 at 12:09 PM
Thank you Mr. Slaninka for standing for your principles and looking out for the community. Too bad you are the only one.
John Q. Public February 21, 2013 at 12:47 PM
There is NO one representing property owners, who bear the sole financial burden of supporting this monstrosity. The school board exists to rubber-stamp the SD's demands, like new furniture to replace the new furniture. The things that go on there are unbelievable.
Luke February 21, 2013 at 03:31 PM
When are the teachers going to receive a new contract ? Back and forth for years on that subject
Gilligan February 21, 2013 at 06:48 PM
John Q. Public. Whom did you vote for in the last schoolboard election? Will you be one of the 90% who won't vote in the May primary? Guess you're happy or you'd vote and stop complaining here. Luke. The teachers union refuses to pay more than 50 bucks per month for an insurance policy that costs taxpayers over $2000/month per teacher. They refuse to pay a nickel towards dental. Zero towards vision. Zero towards prescription and zero deductible. Zero deductible invites abuse. I like our teachers, but their leaders in Harrisburg are killing us.
Obama Remorse February 21, 2013 at 08:42 PM
This happens in every school district, every year. They propose a preliminary budget with tax increase of X. Then they move some things around and reduce the tax increase to Y (less than X), and the lemmings are "happy" because the board duped them into thinking they did them a favor because it could have been X. So they propose a 3.1% increase. They will "tighten it up" and come back with a 2.5% increase, and expect you to thank them for getting it "down" to 2.5%. Happens just about every year, in every school district. And it is dutifully reported by news sources without question.
DJ2 February 21, 2013 at 11:19 PM
Tax the shale! Then we have nothing to worry about.
Joe Smith February 22, 2013 at 12:58 AM
how about right now....with a pay cut
Joe Smith February 22, 2013 at 01:00 AM
vouchers for school choice.......rid us of the Phoenixville Area Extortion Association
harry finster February 22, 2013 at 02:50 AM
http://www.scribd.com/doc/55863184/phoenixville2p 40 years ago i bet is still the same
John February 22, 2013 at 04:11 AM
Harry, everyone here is just curious as to how many children you molested last night, sick freak
harry finster February 22, 2013 at 05:46 AM
well john you prove my point ,a person who responds with mindless hate,fear,anger also making false accusations that you probably actually believe in your drug induced paranoia thank god i dont live near there anymore
Joe Smith February 22, 2013 at 11:08 AM
His name was Daher, not bear. and yes, everything in that story is true. Although the story mentioned nothing about "conception in the stairwell at the far north end of the school" from the class of 73, Mr Daher, may you burn in hell
John February 22, 2013 at 02:25 PM
Sorry Harry, no false accusations, you are an admitted enabler of pedophiles..... I dont' do drugs, at all. It's a simple question, how many children did you molest last night, and how many pedophiles did you harbor and enable?
John February 22, 2013 at 02:29 PM
LOL, who in their right mind would believe that unbelievable poorly written, grammatically laughable, poor mans blog. If you believe anything written in that crap then you are the representatives of decay. What a joke.
Joe Smith February 22, 2013 at 05:36 PM
one good thing came about it.............one day in 71....he went to his car to find 4 flat tires he was a fat pig
Gilligan February 22, 2013 at 08:09 PM
John, Harry and Joe. Taxes are going up. Your unrelated comments aren't helping.
John February 22, 2013 at 09:45 PM
or hurting.
Joe Smith February 23, 2013 at 07:29 PM
why is it that you sheep expect to pay more taxes every year to support this sewer
harry finster February 23, 2013 at 11:04 PM
when you pay your taxes you are getting a substandard product at inflated prices
harry finster February 23, 2013 at 11:31 PM
vd should be on the wall of shame, what happened in 73, i would like to document unprofessional psychotic behavior by this person whose initials stand for venereal disease which is what he was
Joe Smith February 24, 2013 at 01:52 AM
us locals know the culture of this town and so called school district in 40 years, only the names have been changed and the current role model seems to be the catholic church
John February 24, 2013 at 02:34 AM
Harry knows the molesters, just ask, he enabled and harbored them, still foes...sick freak

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