Lower Merion School Board Has First Public Meeting Since Judge Ruled District Improperly Raised Taxes

LOWER MERION, Pa. (CBS) — Lower Merion School District officials used a supplemental board meeting to try to make their case as to why they believe a Montgomery County judge erred, when he ruled the district raised taxes at a rate higher than what was allowed by state law.

Lower Merion Superintendent Robert Copeland disputes the court ruling that says the district overstated deficits and instead ran budget surpluses.

“It is our view that this fundamental disagreement is worth fighting for and preserving local authority is crucial to maintaining the fabric of the Lower Merion School District.”

Copeland spent about a half-an-hour outlining the budgeting process.

Dozens of residents addressed the board, some voicing unwavering support.

Others, like Bill Manginelli, aren’t necessarily against the tax increase, but do question how the court says the board went about the increase.

“You need to budget for what you need and when you get to years when you need more than you need to come to us and explain and we’ll approve it.”

Lower Merion is appealing, and has set up an escrow account to keep the tax increase which the court says was in violation separate pending that appeal.

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  1. Jesse Peterson says:

    Cutting taxes would be nice, but they don’t know how to do that.

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