Norwin Eyes Tax Hikes, Program Cuts; an Increase in Pension, Health Care and Cyber School Costs Coupled with Only a Slight Increase in State Aid May Push the Norwin School Board to Raise Property Taxes by 2.41 Mills in the 2017-18 School Year to Help Cover a Projected Deficit of $2.2 Million, According to a Preliminary Budget Analysis. [Derived Headline]

By Napsha, Joe | Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, February 16, 2017 | Go to article overview

Norwin Eyes Tax Hikes, Program Cuts; an Increase in Pension, Health Care and Cyber School Costs Coupled with Only a Slight Increase in State Aid May Push the Norwin School Board to Raise Property Taxes by 2.41 Mills in the 2017-18 School Year to Help Cover a Projected Deficit of $2.2 Million, According to a Preliminary Budget Analysis. [Derived Headline]


Napsha, Joe, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


An increase in pension, health care and cyber school costs coupled with only a slight increase in state aid may push the Norwin School Board to raise property taxes by 2.41 mills in the 2017-18 school year to help cover a projected deficit of $2.2 million, according to a preliminary budget analysis.

District officials are projecting expenses of $70.8 million but anticipate generating $68.6 million in revenue with the current tax rate of 75.20 mills in the Westmoreland County portion of the district, Jude Abraham, Norwin's interim director of business affairs, told the school board at Monday's workshop session.

That projected deficit of $2.2 million assumes no additional spending for curriculum or technology, Abraham said.

"The situation we are in is not unique. Public education is really at risk. There is no way we can sustain our education and programs" without further funding from the state, Superintendent William Kerr told the board.

Because of the deficit, the district will have to consider reducing the number of administrators through retirement or attrition, Abraham said, as well as cuts in music, art and family consumer science, formerly known as home economics. Norwin also may have to consider subcontracting some services, he said.

The district has been restructuring and realigning its resources, but that can't continue "without hurting students and programs," Kerr said.

Norwin can raise real estate taxes as much as 2.41 mills in Westmoreland County, equal to 3.3 percent, the maximum permitted under the state's index. That would generate about $924,200 in revenue, Abraham said. …

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