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WVW Board Working On Budget

May 16, 2019 GMT

KINGSTON — The Wyoming Valley West School Board recessed Wednesday’s meeting to continue to work on a budget for the upcoming school year. The meeting will resume 9 a.m. May 29. The board needs to vote to introduce a proposed budget by the end of the month and adopt a final budget by June 30. A preliminary budget from February allocated $80 million and would increase the property tax rate 4.7 percent. The district asked the state to approve an exception amount based on special education costs to allow a tax increase that exceeds the state index amount of 3.2 percent. The state establishes an index amount each year for school districts based on various factors. The proposed tax increase would raise the tax rate to 17.55 mills. A mill is $1 on every $1,000 in property assessment. During Wednesday’s meeting, students and teachers reviewed achievements and work in the district’s STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — program. Contact the writer: mbuffer@citizensvoice.com 570-821-2073, @cvmikebuffer