Wilkinsburg School Board Considers $3 Million Loan to Finish Year

Fiscal ramifications of charter schools and inadequate deliquent tax collection blamed for money woes, business manager says.

Wilkinsburg School Board met last night to discuss a plan to borrow $3 million to help the cash-strapped school district to meet its financial obligations through the end of the school year.

The Post-Gazette reports that Bruce Dakin, business manager, said the fiscal ramifications of charter school payments has resulted in the district's financial woes. The district spends between $3.5 and $4.5 million on charter school payments, a number that has increased in the past five years.

Superintendent Archie Perrin added that there has not been an aggressive effort to collect about $20 million in delinquent taxes.

To see the full Post-Gazette story, click here.


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Todd Anderson February 20, 2013 at 02:47 PM
The article fails to mention that the Wilkinsburg School District had an accounting error that lead to this shortfall. It's unfortunate that the district is blaming the charter schools for a problem that it's accounting error caused.
Pat O'Neil February 20, 2013 at 04:47 PM
Ummmmm, why don't you start going after those that aren't paying their taxes? Not a short-term cure, but if you borrow money to pay for taxes then the very next thing you do is go after the delinquent taxes.
mike February 20, 2013 at 08:08 PM
that is unbelievable that they've got $20 million in unpaid taxes to the school... and are complaining about charter schools requesting $4.5 million in payments. how about make those who owe taxes PAY UP instead of making excuses and shifting blame.


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