NESHANNOCK SCHOOLS Tax rise is left in limbo after budget is rejected

School directors also put off giving administrators 4 percent pay increases.
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- A proposed tax increase in the Neshannock Township School District was put on hold when the school board couldn't agree on the budget.
The $13,499,215 budget proposed for the 2003-2004 school year failed at Thursday's board meeting by a 4 to 4 vote, with board President Frank Rondinelli absent.
Board members Richard Canciello, Joseph Gierlach, James Kearney and Tracy Stevenson voted in favor of the budget. John Dietz, Gina Hennon, Karen Houk and Walter Kustra voted against.
The proposed budget would increase taxes 9.8 percent.
Kustra said, "This is too much of a burden on tax payers in this community."
The board will hold a work session at 6 p.m. Wednesday to re-evaluate the budget. A meeting is tentatively scheduled for June 23 to adopt the budget.
Pennsylvania requires that all school districts have their budgets in place by July 1.
Pay increases
The board also postponed action on pay increases for administrators due to a tie vote.
Superintendent Dr. Michael Hink had recommended that all administrators receive 4 percent pay increases.
Board members Canciello, Gierlach, Kearney and Stevenson voted against the increase. Dietz, Hennon Houk and Kustra were in favor of the raises.
Canciello said that he didn't want to approve raises until the budget was set.

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