2009-07-09 / Local & State

School Budgets In Place But Funding In Doubt

By Mark Scolforo Associated Press Writer

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania's school districts are starting July with new budgets in place and local property tax rates set. But until the governor and Legislature agree on a state budget, districts won't know how much state money they'll receive.

Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell wants to provide $418 million more in basic education funding than a rival Republican budget proposal. The state's fiscal year ended Tuesday with no sign that a deal was imminent.

Some school districts assumed they'll receive what Rendell's spending plan calls for. Others used the lower figures from the Senate GOP budget and still others calculated their own estimates.

When a budget does pass, districts will be allowed to reopen their budgets to adjust spending upward or downward. That isn't expected to apply to property tax rates.

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