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Wyoming Area School Board To Propose Spending Plan Next Month

January 23, 2019

EXETER — The Wyoming Area School Board will a propose a preliminary budget at meeting next month, Business Manager Tom Melone said after Tuesday’s school board meeting.

The board at the meeting did not vote to limit a property tax increase for the upcoming school year to state index amount, which the state set at 3.1 percent. That means the board has to propose a spending plan by Feb. 20, Melone said.

School boards that vote to limit the tax increase to index amounts can wait until May to propose a budget. The state requires the adoption of a final budget and tax rate by June 30.

Last June, the Wyoming Area School Board approved a $37.2 million budget and increased the property tax rate 3.2 percent. School districts can exceed index amounts with voter approval through a referendum or by getting exceptions for certain costs approved by the state.

Also at Tuesday’s meeting, the school board approved three-year compensation plan for administrators — about 10 current employees. Their salaries are frozen this year and increase 1.5 percent in each of the following two years, Solicitor Jarrett Ferentino said.

— MICHAEL P. BUFFER