North Clarion OKs budget without tax hike

The North Clarion School Board recently approved an $11,187,717 budget for the upcoming school year, balancing the spending plan without a tax increase.

The budget passed by a 7-0 vote, with Gretchen McCord-Wolbert and Tom Phillips absent from the meeting.

The district is facing nearly a $100,814 deficit, but North Clarion Superintendent Steve Young said the deficit is a worst-case scenario for the district and he hopes to have a balanced budget if everything goes right.

The largest expenditure for the district is regular instruction, which comes at a cost of $4,693,623.

The district has $805,305 scheduled for maintenance, $761,588 earmarked for learning support and $728,583 scheduled for transportation.

The district is expected to receive $4,049,741 from basic education instruction and $2,676,780 is slated to come from real estate taxes.

Originally, the district was facing a $112,814 deficit, but Young said he got a quote earlier in the afternoon on a new truck with a plow at a cost of $48,761. He had budgeted $60,000 for a new truck and plow in the previous draft of the budget.

The truck is a 2022 GMC Sierra 2500 HD Pro with a Voss commercial plow.

The board also approved the purchase of three vans from the Riverview Intermediate Unit at a cost of $21,812. There was discussion between board members if the district needed all three vans.

Board member James Shaftic said he believes the district could use the vans for some extra-curricular activities transport, which would save money for the district in its transportation budget.

The board unanimously approved the purchase of the vans.

Young alerted the board one of the vans would need its muffler replaced before being put into service.