Making adjustments until the last minute, the Bensalem Township Board of School Directors on Wednesday approved a 2012-2013 budget of $120.6 million.
The spending plan will raise the tax bill of the average township homeowner by about $64.
That compares to an initial estimate in January of $89, but is a little more than the $60 projected at the start of Wednesday's board meeting.
Board member Elizabeth Cerasi proffered an amendment to raise the millage rate from 141.15 to 144.35, which translated to $4.40 on the tax hike. It was approved on a 5-3 vote, with newest board members Kevin McKay, Matthew Grodsky and Pam Strange dissenting.
The final vote on the budget was approved with the exact same vote.
Total 2012-2013 expenditures represent a decrease of about $40,000 from current-year spending. Revenues stand at $119.895 million, with $703,138 being drawn down to address the majority of the financial gap.
Universal full-day kindergarten has been included in the budget for the first time with a cost of about $700,000. Director of Business Operations Jack Myers repeated Wednesday that eight teaching positions are being added as a result of the full-day kindergarten expansion. He previously said at least 20 expected retirements will likely help the district avoid any furloughs.
Information provided by the Bensalem School District.