Board reviews proposed budget

MIFFLINTOWN – Tension built over budget cuts and tax increases within the Juniata County School District may settle this year.

At a budget workshop held Tuesday in Mifflintown, Superintendent Richard Musselman said the proposed fiscal budget for the 2013-2014 school year includes balanced finances with no tax increase.

“We’re not spending a dime more than we’re bringing in,” he said, allowing the district to put money back into education.

Local, state and federal revenues total an estimated $32,476,962 for the 2013-2014 fiscal year, said Rich Meily, district business manager. Proposed expenditures are balanced, matching revenue figures exactly.

School board members offered few immediate comments or concerns, but opened discussion over how funding will be used for extracurricular activities in the future. Musselman said the details of where to allocate specific funds will need to be discussed, but the proposal will allow the district to put money back into projects like replacing textbooks or updating technology.

“There’s a lot of possibilities out there. If you don’t start putting those things back in the budget, they will never come back,” he said.

Musselman said the cooperation of the school board, administration and staff in recent years is what made the proposed budget possible.

“We wouldn’t be having a budget like this,” without making tough cuts during the past two years, he said.