Concerning the Williamsport Area School District's $3.5 million budget deficit, just who is at fault? It is the fault of any area school board that doesn't stay within its budget. If the buck must be passed on, and the blame be directed to another source, then it would have to be placed on the Pennsylvania's Act I Index Exception Law, set at a 2.4 percent yearly increase in school taxes, for the 500 and some school districts in the state. Will a law ever be passed to protect taxpayers? This Act I Index Law certainly doesn't; it gives school districts permission to raise school taxes every year within its guidelines. If more is needed, the school districts take advantage of this Act I Index Exception and sometimes receive it against the will of the taxpayers, which is decided by a county judge. Jersey Shore School District had its day in court on May 26, 2005, and won against the taxpayers. Certainly the WASD will win by a landslide when their day in court comes up.
Weldon C. Cohick Jr.