Schools protest state construction payment delay

April 13, 2014

SCRANTON (AP) – School officials in Pennsylvania are warning that they are under extreme financial pressure because of delinquent construction reimbursements from the state government at a time pension costs are spiraling.

The Times-Tribune of Scranton reports Sunday that Western Wayne School District is one such district.

It’s now asking the state Education Department for permission to raise property taxes above a set rate, and is considering asking voters to raise taxes by as much as 6 percent.

Department spokesman Tim Eller says more money can be put toward construction reimbursements if changes are made to lower pension system costs.

Western Wayne Superintendent Clay LaCoe the state isn’t following through on its obligation. A state lawmaker is calling for changes to the process and says the state’s school construction obligations are unsustainable.



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