BEA school board approves 2017-18 proposed final budget

In a unanimous vote Thursday, the Bald Eagle Area school board approved a proposed final budget of $32,855,311 for the 2017-18 school year.

District business manager Craig Livergood said it’s “a work in progress.”

By state law, a final budget must be approved by the end of June.

The proposed final budget calls for a 3.4 percent tax increase — or 1.8574 mills — from the current school year.

That means the average homeowner with an assessed value of $30,137 could pay about $56 more per year, or $4.66 more per month, in real estate taxes.

Livergood said 64 percent of the proposed final budget would go toward salaries and benefits, and includes a 9 percent increase in health care costs.

It also includes a 19 percent increase in charter school tuition costs to about $683,000.