DePasquale reveals over $8.4 million was incorrectly reimbursed to school districts for transportation

DePasquale reveals over $8.4 million was incorrectly reimbursed to school districts for transportation

On Wednesday afternoon, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale held a press conference to discuss his findings from an audit on Pennsylvania’s school district transportation reimbursements.

DePasquale explained that one third of the money spent by school districts for transportation is reimbursed by the state, while the remainder must be funded by local taxpayers. For this reason DePasquale stated it is critical that schools are receiving the correct amount of money, and he decided to audit schools regarding this money.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
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Pa. Supreme Court rules so-called "spot assessments" unconstitutional

Pa. Supreme Court rules so-called "spot assessments" unconstitutional

In a majority decision, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued a ruling this week that could limit school districts' ability to “spot assess” certain properties in their counties.

In the case, Valley Forge Towers Apartments v. Upper Merion School, the owners of four apartment complexes argued that the Upper Merion School District contracted with a consulting firm to identify and recommend property assessments within Montgomery County to be appealed.
Friday, July 7, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
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With stopgap budget vetoed, negotiators resume pointing fingers for failed budget agreement

Gov. Tom Wolf didn’t offer any surprises Tuesday as he followed through on his promise to veto the stopgap budget plan passed by the Republican controlled General Assembly.

Gov. Wolf said he vetoed the bills as soon as they were delivered to him on Tuesday.

“All of us want a budget, we don’t want stopgaps, we don’t want continuing resolutions, Pennsylvanians deserve a budget and one that actually works and funds schools,” he told a small gaggle of reporters awaiting his exit from the Capitol Tuesday afternoon.

“If we don’t do this right, we’re going to have a $3 billion deficit next year and we’re not going to be able to fund schools, we’re going to have huge cuts, and that’s not going to work."

Tuesday, September 29, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Gov. Wolf: budget should pay for interest payments incurred by school districts and small nonprofits

Adding to Wednesday’s budget news, Gov. Tom Wolf called on the yet-to-be found final proposal to include funding for school districts and certain small nonprofits that had to borrow money at interest to make ends meet during the length of the budget impasse.

According to a news release from Gov. Wolf’s office, a similar undertaking was agreed to for school districts following the 2003 budget impasse.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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