On Monday, the Millcreek Township School Board approved the preliminary budget for the 2014-2015 school year. Superintendent Bill Hall called this budget is very preliminary and said there's still a lot to do to get the $4.4 million deficit down to zero.
At beginning the year, the district was $570,000 in the red. This up coming school year, the district is looking at $90,885,235 budget. Three of the biggest factors are salaries, retirements and health care.
Now, the district is looking of ways of trimming that deficit. One of the ways is by raising taxes.
The board has opted to go above the Act 1 Index, allowing them to go over their normal tax increase. This budget is already calling for a three percent increase, which adds up to about $1.4 million.
"I think anything will help at this point," said Hall. "We have to exhaust those options. They were options that were available to us in the past and we had not taken them advantage of it and we can't do that now. We have to take advantage of what we can to raise as much revenue as we can."
Hall says having the new business manager, and working with the financial group Alpern Rosenthal is helping get things on the right track in the district.
He also tells us he plans to address the public with monthly updates on the budget.
The final version must be passed by June 30.