School board OKs proposed prelim budget

Unionville-Chadds Ford School Board directors voted to approve a proposed preliminary budget during a special meeting Monday night. That session came after a brief re-organization meeting in which Jeff Hellrung was voted in to serve another term as president and Steve Simonson as vice president.

The proposed preliminary budget currently calls for more than $91 million in spending and revenue with tax increases in both Chester and Delaware counties. Business Manager Bon Cochran said the proposed increases are 3.86 percent for Chester County property owners and 3.82 percent for property owners in Delaware County.

“The budget reflects an all-in request, a wish list,” adding that he expects the numbers for the increases to drop by the time the final budget is approved in June.

Cochran explained that timing for budget talks made it important to have the proposed preliminary budget approved now so that a final preliminary can be voted on in February. There will be further conversations after that and budget hearings will be scheduled if needed.

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About Rich Schwartzman

Rich Schwartzman has been reporting on events in the greater Chadds Ford area since September 2001 when he became the founding editor of The Chadds Ford Post. In April 2009 he became managing editor of ChaddsFordLive. He is also an award-winning photographer.

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