Proposed budget for Seneca Valley includes $3.7 million shortfall

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The Seneca Valley School District has a $3.7 million deficit in its proposed preliminary budget for the 2014-15 school year.

Lynn Burtner, district business administrator, told school board members Monday that these early figures will change before the budget is adopted in June, but they must introduce the budget now to meet the requirements of the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Estimated expenditures for next school year are $107,769,762, she said. According to Ms. Burtner that is an increase of about $6.76 million. The increased expenses include a $2.4 million contribution to the Public School Employees Retirement System, an additional $500,000 for busing for the new Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School in Cranberry and $1 million for new textbooks.

Ms. Burtner said increased revenue also is expected. She said the value of a mill has increased because of development in the district and there has been a significant increase in personal income tax collection since the countywide collection system has gone into effect.

School board members will vote on the proposed preliminary budget at next Monday’s meeting.

Laure Cioffi, freelance writer:

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