2014-06-21 / Potter County News

Coudersport School budget: no tax increase

Coudersport Area School Board members unanimously passed a $12.18 million operating budget for the 2014- 15 school year, leaving a deficit of just over $375,000.

The district will draw down a portion of its cash reserves, which now stand at $4.7 million, to make up the difference.

Total expenditures are up $425,000 from last year, in large part due to increases in health insurance and retirement payments. Real estate taxes will remain at 41.75 mills.

Superintendent Alanna Huck said the administration and school board reviewed several options to reduce projected spending without raising taxes or cutting programs. She noted that an elementary teaching position was eliminated through attrition due to retirement.

“We’re tightening our belt like everyone else, but we took an approach that balances finances with our students’ educational needs,” she said. “We found a way to make it work.”

School board members are Joe Lagrua, president; Scott Bruzzi, vice president; Jalyn Tezik, treasurer; Marcia Lagrua-Jones, Tim Watson, Micki Brown, Russell Streich, Tracy Crosby and Jennifer Chambers.

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