Friday, March 22, 2013
While the Perkiomen Valley School District is working to lessen the deficit for the 2013-2014 budget, the board is also looking ahead to future capital projects.
Perkiomen Valley School District Business Administrator Jim Weaver presented a capital project “wish list” to the Perkiomen Valley School Board directors at their March 11 meeting. At the board's last budget presentation on Feb. 11, the 2013-14 budget shortfall was listed at just over $2 million, after taking into consideration the 2 percent tax increase. In December, the anticipated shortfall was $6 million. None of the projects listed last week's budget "wish list" presentation are included in the 2013-14 budget. “It is important that the school board review and understand the facilities and their needs from a short-term and long-term perspectives,” Weaver said in the presentation, adding that it is required by law that the plan be in …
Friday, December 7, 2012
The $409.7M budget adds money to the county's general fund for the first time since 2007.
The Montgomery County Board of Commissioners on Thursday unanimously adopted a $409.7 million operating budget for 2013, completing a year-long process that county officials said involved an essentially complete teardown and rebuild of the county's financial operations. Board chairman Josh Shapiro said the budget, which does not increase the county's property taxes, establishes "a positive, long-term path forward for our county." In addition to funding "core" county functions, the budget sets aside $2.6 million for the county's general fund balance, which had shrunk from about $100 million at the beginning of 2008 to about $20 million when the current county administration took office. The county's shrinking cash reserves had led to credit…
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Executives and clients of several social service organizations came before the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners at a public budget hearing on Thursday.
Faced with funding cuts that would result from the elimination of earmark grants in the county's proposed 2013 budget, representatives and clients of a number of Montgomery County social services organizations implored the county's board of commissioners Thursday morning to find a way to maintain the county's financial support for their operations. "You call this support an 'earmark.' We call it a lifeline," said Lilibet Coe, executive director of The Open Line, a Pennsburg-based agency that provides support services to low-income residents of the Upper Perkiomen area. Coe said the $27,800 that The Open Line stands to lose in 2013 was "a relatively small investment resulting in a very large impact." Harvey Strauss, co-executive director of…
Watch a live stream of today's public hearing on the proposed 2013 Montgomery County budget, starting at 10 a.m.
Thursday, November 29, 2012
The Montgomery County Board of Commissioners is holding public hearings Thursday at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. regarding the county's proposed 2013 operating budget. The $413.8 million budget avoids a tax increase for county residents, but dramatically reduces or eliminate funding for a variety of public assistance programs and other social services. Representatives from affected groups are expected to testify at today's hearings. Patch will have a report on the hearings later today.