Northumberland officials discuss school finances

Jackie Nunnery

by Jackie Nunnery

HEATHSVILLE—During the Wednesday, March 1, quarterly meeting of the Northumberland board of supervisors and school board, superintendent Dr. Holly Wargo reviewed the proposed $23,143,557 budget for fiscal year 2023-24.

The total represents a $2,231,668 increase from the current fiscal year. Nearly all of that increase would come from local funding of $15,454,564, up $2,154,830.

Other projected revenue includes sales tax receipts, $1,661,056; state funds, $4,887,552; federal funds, $1,064,335; and other sources, $76,050.

According to Wargo, nearly half of the proposed budget increase, $1,033,729, would provide a 5% increase for all division employees “plus a 1.25% step increase for all scaled employees,” and $300,222 would provide health insurance to bus and car drivers. Another $219,696 would cover a 9.9% increase in the cost of employee health care and….

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