North Allegheny's no-tax-hike budget due vote

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North Allegheny School Board will vote Wednesday on a $139.5 million budget that keeps the tax rate at 17.4039 mills.

The budget is leaner than the preliminary plan presented last month because a majority of board members did not accept the administration's recommendation to raise taxes by 0.733 mills.

Gone are some technology purchases and approximately $4 million in facilities projects. The budget does include replacing teachers' desktop computers with laptops, replacing the outdated iPod carts in the secondary schools with iPad mini carts and purchasing some interactive projectors for classrooms.

In addition, the board plans to seek a bond issue to finance major renovations to Bradford Woods and Marshall elementary schools and Marshall Middle School. Money to begin the repairs to those facilities was originally in the 2014-15 budget.

Board member Joseph Greenberg expressed concerns about the bond issue and adding to the district's debt during the board's work session Wednesday.

"Right now, I feel we don't have a lot of information on how we would approach a bond issue," he said. "I feel very uncomfortable passing any budget that hasn't taken a look at that."

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