Some Penn Hills Residents Express Outrage Over District’s Proposed Budget

Some Penn Hills Residents Express Outrage Over District’s Proposed Budget


DRIVER WHO HAD A POOR DRIVING RECORD. SOME IN PENN HILLS SAY THE SCHOOL DISTRICT CANNOT TAX ITS WAY OUT OF DEBT, BUT A PROPERTY TAX HIKE IS ONE OF THE THINGS ON THE TABLE FOR THE PROPOSED BUDGET. BRENDA WATERS TALKED TO RESIDENTS WHO ARE NOT HAPPY. Reporter: CUTS, FURLOUGHS, TAX HIKES, ALL ON THE TABLE HERE IN THE PENN HILLS SCHOOL DISTRICT, BUT IS THAT THE ANSWER? SOME SAY NO ADDING WHAT IS NEEDED IS FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FROM THE STATE. HERE’S WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE ON PAPER. AT THE PENN HILLS SCHOOL BOARD MEETING MONDAY NIGHT THIS WAS THE PLAN ON THE TABLE FOR THE PROPOSED 2019/2020 BUDGET, CUTTING CAN THE PREKINDERGARTEN AND HIGH SCHOOLS NAVY JUNIOR ROTC PROGRAM, 57 FURLOUGHS AND A NEAR 7% HIKE IN REAL ESTATE TAX. EVERY TIME WE TURN AROUND THEY WANT TO BE IN YOUR POCKET. AIN’T NOBODY GOT MONEY LIKE THAT. Reporter: JACKIE BLAKEY TATE SAID SHE WAS SO UPSET ABOUT THE PROPOSED BUDGET SHE DECIDED TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. I DECIDED THAT SINCE I HAD SOME EXPERIENCE IN EDUCATION AND I REALLY AM RETIRED AND I HAVE SOME TIME THAT I NEED TO RUN AS A WRITE-IN CANDIDATE FOR PENN HILLS SCHOOL BOARD AND THAT’S WHAT I DID. Reporter: THE SCHOOL BOARD PRESIDENT AARON DECCHIO SAID THE DISTRICT’S FINANCIAL HOLE RUNS DEEP AND BEGAN WHEN THE PENN HILLS HIGH SCHOOL AND ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS WERE BUILT. SHE SAID MONEY RAN OUT BEFORE THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL COULD BE FINISHED. WE HAD TO BORROW MORE MONEY WHICH GAVE US MORE DEBT AND THEY KEPT DOING IT INSTEAD OF FIXING THE PROBLEMS. Reporter: THE DISTRICT IS $172 MILLION IN DEBT. DECCHIO SAID SHE GETS THE CUTS AND LAYOFFS AND SHE SAID ADMINISTRATORS SHOULD BE FURLOUGHED, NOT TEACHERS, BUT THE TAX INCREASE SHE SAYS — I WILL NOT VOTE FOR A TAX INCREASE. I WILL NOT SEND ANOTHER SENIOR CITIZEN OR ANOTHER YOUNG COUPLE OR THE FAMILIES WITH THESE KIDS, I’M NOT GOING TO DO IT TO THEM. SOMEBODY HAS TO COME IN AND FIX THIS. THE STATE HAS TO GIVE US MONEY, A BAILOUT, LOOK AT SOMETHING IN THE FUTURE WHAT WE CAN DO, A NO INTEREST LOAN, SOMETHING BECAUSE WE CAN’T FIX THIS BEING TAXED. Reporter: RESIDENTS GET TO TALK ABOUT THE PROPOSED JUNE 3rd AT A TOWN MEETING.

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