Seneca Valley approves budget with tax increase

May 15, 2019 Cranberry Local News

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JACKSON TWP — The Seneca Valley School Board approved the proposed 2019-20 budget at last week's meeting.

The budget totals $140,488,755, with a millage increase of 2.89, and was authorized to be made available for public inspection.

“The good news for the budget is we're not taking on any new debt,” said school board Vice President Eric DiTullio. “The other thing that surprises me was the fact that we made some changes to the health care and were able to reduce the rates of health care.”

DiTullio said the property tax rate will increase because of expansion in Cranberry, Jackson, Lancaster and Forward townships.

“Since we have an enrollment increase, which accounts for the increase of the mill, we need more staff, more teachers,” he said. “It costs more to take care of these things.”

The budget passed in a unanimous vote, except for President Jim Nickel who was absent from the meeting.

DiTullio said he's noticed “optimism” around what the state budget is going to be “for the first time in a long time.”

“It's not just getting it done,” he said, “but there seems to be some excitement.”

DiTullio said board member Fred Peterson would likely elaborate on those legislative and budgetary items this week.

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Alexandria Mansfield

Alexandria Mansfield

Alexandria Mansfield is a community reporter at the Cranberry Eagle. She worked as a freelance reporter before joining the Eagle staff in July 2018. She graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania's journalism and public relations department in 2018 and from Wellsboro Area High School in 2015. While at IUP, she served as a reporter and editor at The Penn, the university's student-run, twice-weekly newspaper, and earned first place awards from Pennsylvania News Media Association and Pittsburgh Black Media Federation in 2017 and 2018, respectively, for her news coverage and investigative reporting.