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CASD’s final budget vote slated for June 26

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CALN >> Coatesville Area School Board members are planning for a final vote on adopting the district’s $178 million budget for the 2018-19 school year, set to take place at a school board meeting June 26.

A final vote on the proposed budget, which includes an 8.4 percent tax increase in its initial draft, was originally scheduled for the school board meeting on May 29. However, the school board tabled the vote to take time to seek emergency funding from the state Legislature and review other options for cutting costs in the budget.

School board members and district administration discussed the ongoing budget process at the school board’s committee meeting Tuesday evening.

Superintendent Cathy Taschner said school board members had recently made two trips to the state Capitol in Harrisburg, with different members of the board attending each time, to meet with state legislators.


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“I want to thank our legislators who have been working very closely with the board of directors throughout this whole process, and we appreciate their support greatly,” Taschner said. “We’ve been encouraged by the actions that they’ve taken, the amount of time and interest they’ve taken to look at the amount of reductions that the school district has made and the manner in which we have fiscally been responsible and prudent.”

The district is required by law to pass its budget no later than June 30, but the state budget might not be completed by that point.

The school board could schedule a special meeting for a budget vote by or on June 30 if the budget is not passed at the June 26 meeting, which will be held at the Coatesville Area Senior High auditorium starting at 7 p.m.

Taschner said the district is still looking at items in the budget to cost out, as requested by school board members.

The school board initially passed a draft of the budget for the 2018-19 school year in a 6-2 vote at its meeting on April 24. School board President Dean Snyder and board member Bashera Grove voted against adopting this budget; board member Tom Siedenbuehl was not present at that meeting.

Under the tax increase of 8.4 percent, or 2.95 mills, included in the budget, the property tax bill would be raised by about $317 for the average taxpayer in the district, according to a presentation on the district’s website. One mill is equivalent to $1 in property tax, which is levied per every $1,000 of a property’s determined taxable value.

The district has cited non-discretionary expenses, including special education placements, charter school tuition and pension costs, as major driving factors necessitating a significant tax increase.

The proposed budget is available for inspection at the school district offices at 3030 C.G. Zinn Rd. Thorndale, PA and it can be viewed on the district’s website, www.casdschools.org.

The district encourages community members to share their ideas and suggestions on the budget by emailing budgetfeedback18@casdschools.org.



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