BEA school board approves 2017-18 budget

In a unanimous decision Thursday night, the Bald Eagle Area school board approved the district’s 2017-18 general fund budget of $32,741,311 — an increase from $31,555,434 in the 2016-17 school year.

Board member Sue Butterworth was absent.

The budget also includes a tax increase, though not as much as earlier predicted, according to district Business Manager Craig Livergood.

Property tax rates will go up by 1.85 mills, costing the average homeowner in the district with a home assessment value of $30,137 an additional $55.76 a year, Livergood said.

Those residents eligible for the property tax relieve through the Homestead and Farmstead Exclusion would pay $13.69 more a year, Livergood added.

Livergood said that as of March 6, there were 7,734 total parcels in the district, of which 4,049 principle residences were approved for the tax break.

Also 64 percent of budget will go toward salaries and benefits, and 7 percent of budget will go toward tuition to other educational institutes such as charter schools and the Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology.

Britney Milazzo: 814-231-4648, @M11azzo