Sunday, May 5, 2013
Still in recovery from Sequestration, the Montgomery County Housing Authority looks at options for saving even more.
Federal funding is already stretched thin when it comes to Pennsylvania's housing authorities. Montgomery County is no different. Still feeling the hurt from cuts known as "sequestration," the county's Housing Authority is now reviewing what to do with even less. According to Herald-Mail.com, the state is facing deeper cuts to federal funds, "prompting them to shed employees, cut back rent vouchers or put off repairs to housing they own," according to the report. "The cuts leave some housing authorities without enough money to meet existing lease agreements with private landlords, although HUD has suggested that it will cover those deficits, said Joel Johnson, executive director of the Montgomery County Housing Authority, which is among …
Monday, February 25, 2013
The First in a Four-Part Series:
Many of the county's programs will be hit by the federal government's potential budget cuts.
Congress is on the clock. If changes are not made by Thursday at midnight, those across the nation will be affected by sequestration. The automated budget cuts will deliver a hit to Montgomery County programs, affecting many in the area. "Unless Congress acts by March 1, a series of automatic cuts — called the sequester — will take effect that threaten hundreds of thousands of middle class jobs, and cut vital services for children, seniors, people with mental illness and our men and women in uniform," said a release from the White House. The president has laid out his own plan for cutting the budget, but said that he is challenged in Congress. "Unfortunately, many Republicans in Congress refuse to ask the wealthy to pay a little more by …
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Military looks to cut $34 billion with cuts to defense budget
Few Americans can likely define "sequestration," but since the "fiscal cliff" is over, it's time to update your political vocabulary. The nation's politicians are seeking to shrink the country's spending, and one place the government wants to cut back is through military spending. "The cuts scheduled to begin March 1 take a huge bite out of the federal budget, including the military," said a report on WHPTV.com. "Those cuts will take a disproportionally large chunk out of military spending in Pennsylvania." The state seems to be more hardly hit than others in the country. According to statistics in USAToday, Pennsylvania will be the tenth hardest hit state in the United States. The Commonwealth is slated to lose 10,414 military jobs with …
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
The school district is dealing with a $6 million shortfall.
Perkiomen Valley School District Business Administrator Jim Weaver admitted there was “very little movement” in the proposed 2013-2014 budget between the December and January Perkiomen Valley School Board meetings, but presented a lit of potential revenue enhancements and expenditure reductions are being considered. According to Weaver’s Jan. 14 budget presentation, the proposed expenditure total as of Jan. 14 is $96,723,433, and the proposed revenue is $90,671,049 – leaving a $6,052,384 shortfall. With no cuts, this would lead to a real estate tax increase of 10.11% from the 2012-2013 real estate bill. Due to the Act 1 Index, PVSD is only permitted to raise taxes 2 percent without seeking voter approval. The permitted tax increase will …
Friday, January 13, 2012
W. James McFalls, Executive Director of KenCrest Services, calls on Gov. Corbett to keep his promise to make caring for people with intellectual disabilities and autism a core committment of his administration.
Friday, January 13, 2012
As a candidate, Governor Corbett promised that the state’s responsibility to people with disabilities, specifically intellectual disabilities (ID) and autism, would be a core commitment of his government. We agreed, and we would like him to keep that promise. A number of recent decisions made by the Governor’s Secretary of Public Welfare (DPW) effectively gut the funding for those providing service to people with ID and autism, forcing providers to reduce or eliminate services. Rates have been imposed that ignore the actual level of need of the people being served without the input of families, providers, advocacy groups, or legislators. Services that the state has approved and the agencies have delivered in good faith are not being paid …
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Report reviews status of general budget adjustments.
Superintendent Dr. Clifford Rogers announced at Monday's Perkiomen Valley School Board meeting that the adjustments put in the 2011-12 general budget have saved the district about $26,000 more than originally projected (See PDF). Some items, such as the elimination of the seventh grade Terra Nova and the net reduction of the second assistant to the superintendent position, saved more -- respectively, $11,033 and $21,500. Extra revenue generated by the activity fee is currently more than $25,000 less than expected. However, as the school year continues and students join more activities, the funds should increase.
Thursday, July 7, 2011
Some tough decisions had to be made when faced with funding shortfalls.
With Gov. Tom Corbett’s proposed budget cuts reducing state funding for public education, Montgomery County school districts have been forced to re-examine their own budgets and find new solutions to make up for lost funding. Norristown Area School District balanced the budget with a 2.198 percent millage tax increase and a reduction of services offered. The district will eliminate its Teen Parenting Program and Teen Day Care program, according to the budget. Five PRISM teachers, two speech clinicians, two physical education/health teachers, one technology teacher and one biology teacher were eliminated through attrition. Two PSSA teachers, one math coach and one community coordinator were eliminated by a realignment of the staff, …
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Governor Tom Corbett proposes deep cuts to education spending, changes to policy.
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett's long-awaited budget address this morning contained some tough proposals for school districts in the Commonwealth. As part of what he called the budget’s four core principles—“fiscal discipline, limited government, free enterprise and reform”—Corbett’s budget would cut about $550 million from basic education spending. Perkiomen Valley School District’s own 2011-12 proposed budget—a preliminary version of which was approved last month—is still a work in progress. Corbett’s decision on education funding has been an omnipresent question mark during budget presentations thus far. Superintendent Dr. Clifford Rogers released this statement regarding the governor’s budget address: “While we are all very aware of…