By staying under the state cap, Hatboro-Horsham School District won’t have to seek exceptions or go to referendum to approve its budget.
- Joe Ferry
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
If the Hatboro-Horsham school board hikes the property tax rate in 2013-2014, it won’t be above the state-imposed cap. The board voted unanimously Monday to approve a resolution informing the state it intends to keep any increases to 1.7 percent or below, the limit before exceptions or referendum come into play. Although the board won’t see budget figures for the first time until next month, Robert A. Reichert, director of business affairs for the district, said he is confident of staying below the cap. The district has never sought exceptions or been forced into a referendum, he said. “When the smoke clears, we’ll be under the index again,” said Reichert. “The board does not want to put any additional burdens on the taxpayer. Over the …
As the Hatboro-Horsham School District prepares its 2013-2014 spending plan, more program cuts, furloughs and staff reductions will be a reality, officials said.
School district taxpayers in Hatboro and Horsham will likely pay more in taxes come next year for fewer programming options and a reduced number of teachers. As districts throughout the state continue to see flat and declining state and federal revenues and increased operating costs, Hatboro-Horsham officials said during Monday’s school board meeting that ongoing district cuts are a grim reality. Hatboro-Horsham School District officials said school taxes will likely need to increase. By how much, remains to be seen. “Every year that we go through this process it’s a little bit more difficult, a little bit more time consuming,” Robert Reichert, the district’s director of business affairs of 15 years said in presenting a 2013-2014 budget …