North Allegheny approves preliminary budget without tax increase

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The North Allegheny School Board approved a proposed final budget Wednesday that does not raise taxes, but seeks to fund repairs to three buildings by a bond issue.

The district is looking at $8 million in renovations to Bradford Woods Elementary, $11.6 million to Marshall Elementary; and $14.9 million to Marshall Middle School, according to a 2012 study. All were built or last renovated in the early 1990s.

Although Superintendent Raymond Gualtieri gave the board three budget scenarios, he recommended one that raised taxes by 0.7333 mills to 17.7693 mills, and paid for the repairs out of district funds over several years, including $3.8 million in 2014-15.

Several board members said it made more sense to seek a bond issue.

The proposed budget, which holds millage at 17.4039, was approved by a 6-3 vote with Libby Blackburn, Tara Fisher, Chris Jacobs, Kevin Mahler, Ralph Pagone and Scott Russell voting in favor. Joseph Greenberg, Maureen Grosheider and Thomas Schwartzmier favored the administration’s recommendation.

The final budget will be voted on during the June 25 meeting.

Sandy Trozzo, freelance writer:

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