BEA school board approves proposed final budget

The Bald Eagle Area school board unanimously approved a 2016-17 proposed final budget at a meeting Thursday night.

According to documents provided by the district, it calls for $31,566,152 — up from $29,806,747 in the current year.

That could mean a 3.3 percent tax increase for residents.

For the average taxpayer in the Bald Eagle Area School District, that’s $26.08 more a year, district business manager Craig Livergood said.

The average home in the Bald Eagle Area is assessed at $30,124, Livergood said.

Livergood said he expects about similar funds to come from state and federal subsidies as the current year, but he said he’s not holding his breath.

“It all comes down to if and when it happens,” Livergood said. “Hopefully we’re not in a similar situation as last year.”

A state budget didn’t go into effect until about nine months after it was due.

The board also unanimously accepted the resignation of member Jeffrey Turner.

Mark Kresovich will replace him. Kresovich was recommended by board members Theresa Peters and Tawna Smith.

Neither Kresovich nor Turner was at the board meeting Thursday.