The Mars Area School Board will not raise taxes in order to meet their 2022-23 school year budget.
At their meeting earlier this week, the board voted to approve the nearly $57 million budget by a vote of 8 to 0. Megan Lenz was not present. This budget is about 3% larger than the current budget.
This budget includes a deficit of over $1 million with a transfer from the district’s general fund in order to balance. Cyber charter tuition expenses are still over $800,000 more than pre-pandemic.
Mars expects local revenue growth to continue in the upcoming year with all teachers and staff to be retained while six teaching positions and three other employees will be added. Mars also plans to invest in English and Science curriculums as well as technology like iPads, Chromebooks, laptop and desktop computers.
This budget is the 14th in the last 15 years which has not included a tax increase for Mars taxpayers.