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Not Enough Said:
There was no "may" about it.
The merger of Center Area and Monaca Area school districts into Central Valley School District saw an increase in the millage rate of one, whereas in the other district, the millage rate dropped slightly.
However, neither district dropped down to Education Management Group's projection of a 5-point drop.

Education Management Group projects $1.5 million in annual savings and says Center Area's 50.2-mill real estate tax rate could be lowered to Monaca's 45-mill rate.

According to the article, "Center-Monaca Merger Timeline

Monday, July 06, 2009

October 2005: After talking about a merger study, superintendents Dan Matsook of Center Area and Mike Thomas of Monaca raise the issue with their board presidents and vice presidents.

November 2005: Center Area and Monaca school boards authorize a merger study.

May 2006: Consulting firm Ingraham Dancu & Associates issues a report on five options, from making no changes to a full merger.

September 2006-February 2007: Both districts create an educational plan.

February 2007: The boards hire Education Management Group of Harrisburg to analyze the financial impact of a merger.

Sept. 24, 2007: Education Management Group projects $1.5 million in annual savings and says Center Area's 50.2-mill real estate tax rate could be lowered to Monaca's 45-mill rate.
Monday, July 06, 2009
Monday, July 06, 2009

June 11, 2009: The boards jointly approve a preliminary budget with a 46.8-mill tax rate.

Monaca OK's preliminary budget, but that's the easy part

Posted: Thursday, May 21, 2009 12:00 am

At the urging of Superintendent Michael Thomas, members of Monaca’s board approved the $30.3 million spending plan, despite a proposed 2.4 mill property tax increase for Monaca’s property owners; that plan also included a 2.8 mill property tax decrease for Center Area property owners, so residents of the new district would have a uniform 47.4 mill rate.

If the Monaca board holds to its promise, as well as to its reluctant backing of a new mercantile tax for the borough’s businesses, that would mean Center Area’s property owners would get an even bigger cut, as Center Area’s rate would have to be dropped to 45 mills, Monaca’s current rate. Thomas estimated the district would have to come up with an extra $680,000 to make up for the loss.

The Central Valley budget already includes taking about $1 million from its fund balance to make the current plan work; Monaca board President Michael Halama said the district should look there for additional money.

“We go back to the fund balance and we eliminate a few additional positions,” Halama said. “This is a temporary problem. Once we finish the merge (in the 2010-11 school year) we should be in good shape financially.”

Center Area Superintendent Daniel Matsook said his board approved the budget in a separate meeting Thursday night. He also said he wasn’t surprised to hear of the Monaca resolution.

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