Sunday, June 23, 2013

2013 East Penn Budget Cuts: When the Facts Change, I Change My Mind

When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, sir?
This quote is often, correctly or not, attributed to celebrated (if not in my circles) economist John Maynard Keynes.

Earlier this week (last week, perhaps, by the time many of you read this), I proposed a roughly quarter million dollars in spending cuts to the nearly $130 million East Penn Budget. I did send a copy of my suggestions to the administration (they already saw the post on my blog) and received notification that one of the line items I proposed cutting is the LCTI budget. As that particular item accounted for $200,000 of savings, I have gone back and revisited some of my earlier proposed cuts to compensate and adjust. I also took into account changes to the budget made between the time of my post and the receipt of my board packet on Thursday.

My updated proposals for cuts to the budget are as follows

In line item 1100 of the budget, "Regular Instruction", I propose rolling spending on "Purchased Professional Services" from $185,000 back to the 2011-2012 level of $121,000. This would save the taxpayers $64,000. I further propose reducing the "Other Purchased Services" appropriation in this line item from $3,308,142 to $3,178,142. This would save the taxpayers an additional $130,000 bringing the total savings in this line item to $194,000.

In line item 1400 of the budget, "Other Instructional Purposes", I propose rolling spending on "Purchased Services" from $9,057 back to the 2012-2013 level of $8,380. This would save the taxpayers $677.

In line item 1500 of the budget, "Nonpublic School Programs", I propose rolling spending on "Purchased Professional Services" from $30,577 (a decrease from the Adminstration's last proposed expenditure of $34,214) back to just above the 2012-2013 level, putting the allocation at $19,577. This would save the taxpayers $11,000.

In line item 2200 of the budget, "Support Service- Instructional Staff", I propose rolling spending on "Other Purchased Services" from $54,994 back to the 2012-2013 level, bringing the allocation to $45,830. This would save the taxpayers $9,164.

In line item 2300 of the budget, "Support Service- Administration", I propose rolling spending on "Purchased Professional Services" from $291,882, back to the 2011-2012 level, bringing the allocation to $247,198. This would save the taxpayers $44,684. I further propose reducing "Other Purchased Services" in this line item from $134,220 to the 2012-2013 level of $129,662. This would save the taxpayers an additional $4,558 bringing the total savings in this line item to $49,242.

Finally, in line item 2800 of the budget, "Support Service- Central", I propose rolling spending on "Purchased Professional Services" from $175,880 to the 2011-2012 level of $160,938. This would save the taxpayers $14,942. I further propose reducing "Other Purchased Services" in this line item from $38,370 back to the 2012-2013 level of $30,541. This would save the taxpayers an additional $7,829 bringing the total savings in this line item to $22,771.

The total savings to the taxpayers from these proposed rollbacks would be $286,854.

I have no doubt that the Jane Fretz/East Penn Invested Citizens/Citizens for Strong Communities/Patrick Slattery/Teacher's Union crowd will call these cuts draconian, unnecessary, and arbitrary (as well as a host of things not repeatable in polite company...maybe I'll post them on twitter). The reality is that they represent just over a 0.2% cut from the $129,974,853 budget. They represent a respectful and sincere attempt to bring a tax cut to a school district that has had tax increases every year for nearly a decade.

I'm used to "The-Sky-Is-Falling" mentality from the East Penn Educrat community. The sky didn't fall in 2011-2012 and everything was A-Okay in 2012-2013. By rolling spending back on a few line items to those levels, the sky will not fall and we'll save the taxpayers some of their hard earned money.

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