North Allegheny school board votes down budget proposal

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North Allegheny school board members Wednesday defeated a proposed $134.6 million final budget that raised taxes in order to put money aside for future retirement costs and capital improvements.

Only Karen Boujoukos and Joseph Greenberg voted for that budget, which raised millage to 17.982, the maximum allowed by law without a referendum. That millage would result in a $13 per month increase on a home worth $100,000.

Then board members unanimously approved a tax rate of 17.321 mills, which would be revenue-neutral with the recent countywide property reassessment. Between now and the final budget adoption on June 26, administrators must reduce expenditures to $131.3 million to match the millage rate.

Board members cited Tuesday's primary election, in which a slate of candidates who promised not to raise taxes won three of four slots on both tickets.

"I think the taxpayers did speak when they voted. They do not want the taxes raised," board member Libby Blackburn said.

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Sandy Trozzo, freelance writer: suburbanliving@post-gazette.com First Published May 23, 2013 12:00 AM


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