Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle Area school board approves final budget

In a unanimous vote Thursday night, the Bald Eagle Area school board approved a final 2016-17 budget that calls for a 3.29 percent tax increase — up 1.74 mills to 54.63 mills, according to a report from the school district.

Three board members were absent.

Of the $31,555,434 budget, 62 percent will go toward salaries and benefits.

That’s specifically $11,633,649 to salaries, and $8,002,803 for benefits, district business manger Craig Livergood said.

A report from the district said teacher salaries increased for next school year by 3.37 percent, while maintenance and custodial salaries increased by 3.31 percent, and all other staff salary increases were 3 percent.

Health insurance costs also increased by 6 percent.

The average homeowner in the Bald Eagle Area School District can expect to pay $26.08 more a year toward district taxes, Livergood said.

The average home assessed value within the district is $30,124, according to the district report.

Livergood also said Gov. Tom Wolf is pushing for a $200 million increase for basic education, and a $50 million increase for special education, but he isn’t holding his breath.

“My prediction is that the clock will continue to click after June 30,” he said.

Livergood budgeted $14,940,864 from the state.

Britney Milazzo: 814-231-4648, @M11azzo