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Preliminary South Side school budget shows 11-percent tax hike

February 5, 2013

The South Williamsport Area School Board adopted a preliminary budget on Monday night for the 2013-14 fiscal year that will require, if no changes are made, an 11.28-percent tax increase....

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Feb-06-13 10:59 PM

Is this another one of those hyped up deals where they say an 11% increase and then pass a 4 or 5% increase? They think people will be so relieved that they aren't getting hit with the 11%, that they will take 4 or 5% and not complain!

We've seen this type of ploy so many times by school districts, people should start catching on pretty soon.

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Feb-06-13 6:08 AM


Thanks for the suggestion. I will consider but really do like the format............

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Feb-05-13 7:47 PM

I do not know many public teachers who make more than state police....

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Feb-05-13 3:56 PM

Zippie...don't pay your taxes and see what happens. LocalGuy is right!!

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Feb-05-13 3:25 PM

Couldn't taxpayers go on strike?

Couldn't taxpayers put their payments into and escrow account with stipulations that it is not to be used for about 50 years?

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Feb-05-13 2:30 PM

The libs will get upset if you bring teacher pay into the argument. Even though with benefits the average teacher makes almost double the national average for private sector pay.

Those pooooor, pooooor teachers(violin music playing)

But nothing will happen except government unions will prosper and taxpayers will keep taking it in the shorts....

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Feb-05-13 11:21 AM

The SD looks at the taxpayers as an endless supply of money. When they want more, who do they hit up? US! There has got to be a point where the SD starts looking within to make the cuts and tighten their belts. We all have to make concessions in life, why can't they? Why do I pay taxes to a school when I do not have children in that school? I reference the Police salary as they deal with the kids who were not taught properly either at home or in school and turn into adults with nice long records. Makes no sense why teachers make so much and the people that deal with criminals make way less!

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Feb-05-13 11:16 AM

Some info on SWASD I found. In 2011, the average teacher salary in SWASD was $56,468/yr, while the cost of the benefits teachers receive was $16,800 per employee, for a total annual average teacher compensation of $72,269. The District employing 102 teachers and administrators, with the highest salary being $105,500. Pa ranked in the top 10 states in average teacher salaries. When adjusted for cost of living Pa ranked 4th in the nation for teacher compensation.

Why can’t the SD cut starting salaries to help reduce budget? Freeze current salaries for a few years with no raises. Teachers work 180 days and get paid for a full year! How about making sports a pay to play deal? Require them to cover health benefits. That will help cut some budget.

The average salary of a Police Officer in the area is $35k.It is high time that the SD stop relying on the working man to fund their over inflated salaries. Teachers get paid too much and work too little. Taxpayers cant keep paying!

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Feb-05-13 10:06 AM

Hitting us with taxes will not change until the fed and state stop offering premium plans and pensions for life to new employees. The costs are astronomical, and a huge tax burden. I can say even at $26/hr. and having decent insurance, 20% of my take home goes to my out of pocket medical costs for testing, and that is on top of what I pay for a premium. It is the #1 cause of bankruptcy and dropping those previously with good credit to poor credit. It is nonsense the money that hospitals and pharma companies made when things were good. Sadly they are still trying to operate on that kind of budget.

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Feb-05-13 6:07 AM

"Health insurance costs will increase 10 percent for the 2013-14 year."


Well golly gee whiz; I wonder what is the cause of this?

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