The North East School District board of school directors unanimously approved a $24,764,569 budget for the 2018-19 school year at the June 21 meeting. 

The balanced budget, which includes a 2.1 percent increase in expenses and revenue as compared with the 2017-18 budget, features a real estate tax increase of 1 percent. 

The 1 percent, or 0.14 mill, increase brings the North East School District’s millage to 14.09 mills. 

“In addition to the tax increase, revenue was also increased through a retirement subsidy from the state,” said Jeff Fox, NESD business administrator. “Expenditure variables include an increase in salaries and an inflation in health insurance. Those are the biggest increases from the 2017-18 budget to the 2018-19 budget.” 

A motion to approve the final budget was made by board member Erin Janes and seconded by Joseph Cancilla. It passed unanimously with board President Nick Mobilia, Vice President Eric Riedel and members Paul Behnken, Dr. Jane Blystone, Corrie Boyd, Jennifer DeGrosky and Andy Fynan all voting “yes.” 

Before the vote, Fynan told the board that in the future he hopes they can start looking at the proposed budgets earlier. 

“I hope that going forward, we can start looking at elements of the budget earlier,” he said. “Especially things that could cause long-term liabilities. We don’t want to get to a point where we’re too tight on cash.

“We are all doing our best and we appreciate what the taxpayers do for us in order to help our district maintain its level of performance,” Fynan added. 

Copies of the district’s proposed budget can still be viewed online at the district’s webpage, www.nesd1.k12.pa.us, under the district’s business office tab.

The district’s board of school directors will not be meeting during the month of July. The next school board meeting will be on Thursday, Aug. 2, at 7 p.m. in the North East Elementary Center boardroom. 

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