Baldwin-Whitehall aims to keep tax rate level

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For the sixth consecutive year, taxpayers in the Baldwin-Whitehall School District will not see a tax increase if the proposed 2013-14 budget unveiled Wednesday night is adopted at the board's May 8 meeting.

The proposed $60.3 million budget does not include any cuts in programs or personnel, nor does it dip into the district's $12 million fund balance.

The new millage rate based on county reassessments should also be available next week.

Budget highlights include funding to enrich and expand focus on the STEM subjects of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in all schools as well as maintaining the programs already in place, superintendent Randal Lutz said after the meeting.

He also said the budget team is looking hard at all expenditures to reduce non-educational items such as facility costs, equipment, and supplies.

"We are looking at every account and line to make the hard decisions, but looking first at places that do not affect the classroom.," Mr. Lutz said. "Can we do more with less?''

Once adopted, the proposed budget will be available to read on the district website, in the school and public libraries and at the administration building.

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Margie Smykla, freelance writer: suburbanliving@post-gazette.com


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