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Greensburg Salem school board budget keeps taxes flat

Tribune-Review
| Thursday, June 21, 2018 4:06 p.m
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Arnold Thimons, director of student success at the Blairsville WyoTech campus, second from left, presents a $10,000 grant to Greensburg Salem High School staff on Wednesday, May 30, 2018, at the school's media center. From left are Associate Principal Joe Maluchnik, librarian Carrie Vottero and Principal David Zilli.

Greensburg Salem school board this week passed a budget with no tax increase for the second time in 18 years.

The $46.4 million budget keeps property taxes flat at 88.22 mills. The last time taxes didn’t rise was 2009.

The vote was 6-1, with board member Jeffrey Metrosky opposing. He previously said he would not support an unbalanced budget.

The 2018-19 budget will require the district to use about $567,084 of its estimated $4.1 million reserve.

Board members Nicholas Rullo and Robin Savage were not present for the vote.

The budget includes $300,000 for building improvements, and $60,000 for a resource officer to provide security at the district.

An additional $60,000 will go toward updating the district’s security equipment, such as cameras and locks.

The district will hire three new teachers and a guidance counselor.

It will spent $160,000 to buy new elementary school language arts curriculum.

Tax increases have been the norm at the district for years, mostly because of skyrocketing state-mandated pension costs. These increases have slowed in the last couple years, according to district business manager Jim Meyer.

Jacob Tierney is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-836-6646, jtierney@tribweb.com or via Twitter @Soolseem.

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