Budget to be discussed for special meeting, March 25

A special meeting has been scheduled to tackle the challenges the county’s fiscal budget for 2013-2014. This comes after the county administration office called a special meeting on March 21.

On March 25 at 6 p.m., the Westmoreland County Board of Supervisors will hold a special meeting at the General District Courtroom of the George D. English Sr. Memorial Building to conduct a work session concerning the upcoming fiscal year proposed budget.

A special meeting has been scheduled to tackle the challenges the county’s fiscal budget for 2013-2014. This comes after the county administration office called a special meeting on March 21.

This comes after officials announced that a total of $887,640 in outstanding delinquent taxes could be facing local leaders crunching numbers on the county budget.

“We are just entering a period of uncertainty with the federal budget cuts,” said county administrator Norm Risavi at the February supervisors’ meeting. “What I can tell you is that if the state gets hammered, they are going to share the pain with us.” If the news was not bad enough, Westmoreland County Public Schools could also be hit with less funding.

The proposed budget the school board approved of shows a decrease in revenue of $1,856,131.83 compared to this year’s amended budget, and an increase in health insurance costs of $149,877 (12 percent) to be paid by the division.

Prior to the school board’s recent meeting, school officials acknowledged that 42 letters were sent out to employees notifying them that their job or position pay would be reduced or eliminated. However, the board went back after closed session to narrow it to 35. Among the 35 employee positions targeted 10 individuals are full time, six are part-time and 19 are under contract.

According to an annual daily membership report, there is also an expected shortfall in the number of students in the school system for the 2013-2014 school year by 22 percent. Schools systems are awarded funds based on their student enrollment, otherwise known as the annual daily membership (ADM). The courtroom is located at 111 Polk Street in Montross.

Posted on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 4:37 pm