Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Proposed Spending Cuts for 06/24/2013 Budget Vote

On Monday, June 24th, the East Penn School Board will likely make the final vote for the 2013-2014 Budget. As someone who has pushed for a zero increase budget every year since I was first elected in 2007, I'm proud to say that we will, in all probability, be voting for a budget with no tax increase for the first time in a decade.

That said, I have a few proposed further spending cuts that I am confident would not be a detriment to the quality of education in East Penn and would help show respect for how hard our taxpayers work for their money.

In line item 1300 of the budget, Vocational Ed. Programs, I propose rolling spending on "Other Purchased Services" back to 2011-2012 levels and reducing the appropriation from 2,220,412 to 2,020,000. This would save the taxpayers $200,000.

In line item 1400 of the budget, Other Instructional Programs, I propose rolling spending on "Purchased Professional Services" back to 2012-2013 levels and reducing the appropriation from $9,057 to $8,457. This would save the taxpayers $600.

In line item 1500 of the budget, Nonpublic School Programs, I propose rolling spending on "Purchased Professional Services" back to 2012-2013 levels and reducing the appropriation from $34,214 to $19,214. This would save the taxpayers $15,000.

In line item 2200 of the budget, Support Services- Instructional Staff, I propose rolling spending on "Purchased Professional Services back to 2012-2013 levels and reducing the appropriation from $77,325 to $65,395. This would save the taxpayers $11,930. I further propose reducing the appropriation under this line item for "Other Purchased Services" from $56,165 to the 2012-2013 level of $45,830. This would save the taxpayers an additional $10,335, bringing the total savings under this line item to $22,265.

In line item 2300 of the budget, Support Services- Administration, I propose rolling spending on "Purchased Professional Services back to 2012-2013 levels and reducing the appropriation from $311,842 to $308,842. This would save the taxpayers $3,000. I further propose reducing the appropriation in this line item for "Other Purchased Services" from $134,220 back to the 2012-2013 level of $129,662. This would save the taxpayers an additional $4,558, bringing the total savings under this line item to $7,558. 

Finally, in line item 2800 of the budget, Support Services- Central, I propose rolling spending on "Purchased Professional Services back to 2012-2013 levels and reducing the appropriation from $175,860 to $164,860. This would save the taxpayers $9,000. I further propose reducing the appropriation in this line item for "Other Purchased Services" 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 under this line item to $16,829.

The total savings from all of these proposed rollbacks is $262,252.

At the 06-10-2013 meeting of the East Penn School Board of Directors, Superintendent Seidenberger informed us that he would need to hire an additional teacher at the cost of approximately $75,000. He promised to find the savings in the budget to have a zero increase budget even with this necessary cost. In the name of compromise, would be willing to have approximately $75,000 of this proposed savings to go towards hiring that new teacher and have the remaining $187,000 be given back to the taxpayers in the form of a tax credit to be deducted from their tax bill this year.


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