Tyrone closes in on 2014-15 budget

TYRONE – The Tyrone School Board is set to approve its budget for the 2014-15 school year at its regular session next week.

The board discussed the proposal at its work session Tuesday, noting that, though they had not planned to increase taxes, the rates presented showed a increase of 0.01 mill for residents in Blair County.

Business manager John Clark said the said it was just to balance the values for each of the counties the district serves. The increase will only equate to about eight cents per household, he said.

“It’s equalization,” Clark said. “I tried to get (that number) out of there, but I


The Blair tax rate is likely to be set at 74.62 mills, or $74.62 per $1,000 of assessed property value.

There will be slight tax increases for district families who live in Centre and Huntingdon counties as well. In Centre, the rate will increase by 0.33 mill to $22.64 per $1,000 of assessed property value. In Huntingdon County, the rate will increase by 0.18 mill to $40.38 per $1,000 of assessed property value.

As part of the budgetary process, the board is also set to approve the value of its offered benefits packages. It will also likely vote in favor of transferring $500,000 from the general fund to the capital reserve fund, a transfer that was planned in the budget.

The board is also set to approve its physicians for the coming year, at no cost to the district, courtesy of the Tyrone Regional Health Network.

District Superintendent Cathy Harlow said administrators met with Tyrone Hospital representatives last week to discuss the agreement and were happy with the results.

“We are very, very fortunate to have that partnership,” Harlow said.

Mirror Staff Writer Paige Minemyer is at 946-7535.