Taxpayers in the Souderton Area School District with a home assessed at 150-thousand dollars will pay an extra 37 dollars for the 2013-14 school year, after the board voted 6-2 to approve the final budget at 108-million dollars. There was a gap in the budget of 800-thousand dollars, but the increase to taxpayers will cover the shortfall. The final budget includes a real estate tax. The yearly tax bill for residents stands at just over 42-hundred dollars.
Property taxes are on the way up in the Methacton School District. The school board has approved a budget for the next school year that includes an increase of 1.85%. That translates into about $90 for the average homeowner. The budget includes no program cuts but some positions were not filled. The staff reductions include two teachers at the elementary level that were furloughed. The other six cuts are the result of retirements.
In passing a new budget, North Penn School Board President, Vince Sherpinsky says, he feels parents believe in the educational system at North Penn and know their children are getting a valuable education. The North Penn School Board recently passed a budget, unanimously.
“At the prescribed baseline of Act 1, which is 1.7 percent of an increase. Our total budget is just over 214-million dollars. The average impact of the increase will be about 53 dollars per household in North Penn.”
Sherpinsky says, Act-1 allows for a hire tax increase when considering pensions and contracts, but he says, the board opted not to do it.
Insufficient paperwork….with those two words, a judge denied the Souderton Charter School Collaborative its request to open a charter school in the North Penn School District. An attorney representing the collaborative immediately went on the offensive, saying the paperwork presented by the charter school was correct and should have been accepted by the judge. Attorney Michael Brooks plans to file another document in an effort to move the process forward in establishing the charter school desire of opening the school. According to Jack Dooley, the attorney for the North Penn School District, the judge’s ruling was accurate because documentation provided by the collaborative did not include the names of the operators of the school or its location. Another hearing before a judge is likely on the way.