I hope everyone has enjoyed the Christmas holidays with their friends and family. The Ridgway Area School District is starting the New Year running. Tonight at 6:00PM in the elementary school library the school board will meet and discuss the budget for the 2011-2012 school year. Tonight the board will have to decide whether or not to pass a resolution stating that the school district will not raise taxes above the index provided by the State. If the board decides that raising taxes above the index is a possibility, then a preliminary budget must be adopted at next week's regular school board meeting. If the board decides not to raise taxes above the index, then the regular budget process ensues which culminates in a first reading of a budget in May. For perspective, the index for Ridgway this year is 1.7 mills. In other words, the school district cannot raise taxes above this level without going to a voter referendum.
For some background about the previous budget please search for the blogs from last April.