Despite Struggles, School Districts Forgo Referendums on Taxes

Please, raise my taxes,” Tom Beene begged at a recent meeting of the West Shore School Board, where the discussion was about possible dramatic cuts to academic programs.

It’s safe to say not everyone shares his sentiments.

Districts struggling with the most difficult budgets in memory are coming up with all kinds of ideas to make ends meet: cutting academic programs, enacting pay freezes, reducing extracurriculars, asking students to pay for sports.

But it appears no districts in the state plan to ask residents to raise their own taxes, as allowed under Act 1.

Click here to read the full article published in The Patriot News (March 12, 2012)

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