Valley View entertains “scoop and toss,” tax hike to eliminate deficit – News

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Valley View High School seniors recently worked on a community project to update signs in the borough of Archbald. From left: Dave Kobriecki, senior; Ken Rupp, techer; Ellen Nielsen, school board member; Joseph Daley, superintendent; Randy Grandinetti, Archbald Borough Council; and Ross Homentosky, senior. Also participating was Joe Simon, borough council, project originator. ORG XMIT: SC_200905280654042559354

ARCHBALD — The Valley View School Board on Wednesday discussed borrowing money and raising taxes to eliminate a budget deficit.

The board is expected to pass a $32.6 million 2017-2018 preliminary budget at Monday’s meeting, but used Wednesday’s work session to mull strategies to shrink a roughly $1 million shortfall. During Wednesday’s session, Business Manager and Interim Superintendent Corey Castellani recommended taking a bond and hiking property taxes 3.78 mills to eliminate the budget gap.

Castellani advocated for a process known as “scoop and toss” — a maneuver used by cash-strapped districts…

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