Governor Wolf’s recent veto of the state budget means state reimbursement for construction projects by school districts in Beaver and Lawrence counties are put on hold, according to Senator Elder Vogel.
The veto impacts the reimbursements for Ambridge Area, Beaver Area, Blackhawk, Central Valley, New Brighton Area and South Side Area school districts in Beaver County and Mohawk Area, Neshannock Township, New Castle Area and Wilmington Area school districts in Lawrence County.
Under the state’s Planning and Construction Workbook, otherwise known as PlanCon, school districts receive a portion of funding for new construction from the state.
The budget package passed by the Senate and House of Representatives on June 30 included reimbursements for 547 school construction projects across Pennsylvania. The state owes $5.3 billion in reimbursements to school districts for construction projects.
“These reimbursements involve money that the state owes these districts. This delay could have a severe impact on their budgets and would lead to even higher property taxes,” said Senator Vogel. “The Governor has said he wants to increase funding for our schools and also to lower property taxes. His veto does the exact opposite.”