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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - May 21, 2015, Altoona, Pennsylvania Thursday May 21,2015 local state Altoona Mirror a Page a3 Penn Cambria approves budget taxes decrease for some Blair county residents in preliminary plan by Kelly Cernetich Cernetich Altoona Mirror. Com Penn Cambria school Board on tuesday unanimously approved a tentative $24.2 million budget for the 2015-16 school year with a Small tax decrease for Blair county residents. A a we be been trying to hold the line on expenses a superintendent Mary Beth whited said. This is the second year in a Row taxes have gone Down for Tunnel Hill Borough residents in Blair county though the drop is much smaller for the coming year whited said. The 2015-16 budget represents a 2.7 percent increase Over the current budget and should yield an average $3.71 savings for Blair county with Flat rates for Cambria county. Cambria residents saw an increase of about $18 for the average Homeowner this year while taxes dropped about $24 for the average Homeowner in Blair. Whited said District officials made a tight budget to prevent tax increases for residents which is made even More difficult with the calculations that need to be made for residents who live across the Cambria county line under a different tax Structure. The final budget is scheduled to be approved at a june 23 Board meeting which was rescheduled to ensure 30 Days for Public viewing. Board members also approved a new four year teachers contract tuesday months in Advance of the current contracts aug. 20 expiration. Whited said both sides work hard to maintain a Good relationship to balance pay increases which reflect teachers experience and skills without becoming a Burden on taxpayers. The contract which will run through aug. 20, 2019, provides for an average 3.35 percent yearly salary increase As Well As some changes to employee health care plans. Whited said the contract covers about 150 employees. Board members also voted to participate in the proposed natural Gas pipeline expansion in Gallitzin where the districts Middle school stands. Whited said the move just made sense. A based on estimates and calculations we be done. We should see a significant savings a she said. Because the project cannot move Forward without High participation rates from Gallitzin area residents whited said the possible savings were not factored into the budget for next year. The District will be seeing natural Gas savings through the end of the year in Cresson however due to a modification in its contract with Dominion retail. The Board approved a 13 percent rate decrease which is slated to save close to $5,000 through dec. 30 of this year according to officials. Member Joann Ivory was absent. Mirror staff writer Kelly Cernetich is at 946-7520. Three Penn Cambria incumbents prevail by Kelly Cernetich three incumbent Penn Cambria school Board members secured the highest votes on both Republican and democratic tickets for the fall ballot according to unofficial election results. Board president George Pyo was the top vote getter on tuesday with 1,176 democratic votes and 521 Republican votes. Incumbents Justin Roberts and Karen Claar rounded out the top three. Candidate Michael Sheehan also will appear on both fall ballots while Guy Monica will appear Only on the democratic ballot and Jenny Guzic Only on the Republican. Tim Dzurko and Joe Skura failed to secure enough votes on either ballot. Cambria Heights school Board candidate Tom bearer or. Secured the most votes on both ballots and will be unopposed in november. He received 215 democratic and 115 Republican votes to beat out Nancy Behe and former Board member Joseph Owens. Board president George Haluska and Russell Miller will both appear on the fall ballot for two seats in Region i. Region 2 Board member Susan Sibert was unopposed. Lone Northern Cambria school Board incumbent Dennis Pawlikowski secured enough votes for the fall along with Betty Krug who had been appointed to the Board and was running for a full term. Jay Bougher and Norma Krug also will appear on the fall ballot. Former Board member Ted Pawlikowski won a Republican nomination while Nora Hrubochak won a democratic nomination. Former Board member Dolly Sasway failed to secure enough votes on either ticket. Only three of the five Portage area school Board incumbents a Board president Erik thrower . Bandzuh and Kathy Hough a earned both parties nominations. Incumbent Cindy Brickley secured Only enough votes for the Republican nomination while Dennis Squillario Only got enough democratic votes. Susan Berardinelli who filed Only to be on the democratic ballot was among the top five vote getters and will appear on the democratic ticket in the fall. Philip Koban won the final Republican nomination. Chuck Slebodnick failed to secure enough votes. However there were four democratic write in votes and 42 Republican write in votes which could affect the races outcome. Wheels amp wings Security to increase Borough taking precautions from Mirror staff reports Ebensburg Borough police said that in the after math of a deadly Texas motorcycle gang shooting they re taking precautions before next months wildly popular wheels amp wings festival in the Borough. Assistant police chief Robert Sapp said police recently received a state police notice about motorcycle gangs. Coupled with sundays Waco Texas shootout among rival motorcycle gangs that left nine dead Sapp said police plan to take extra Steps to ensure the Community a safety at the june 25 event which draws thousands of motorcycle and classic car enthusiasts to the Borough. Police said they be never had major problems at the festival before but the information is a just something to be aware police woman attacked Boyfriend with plane Hacksaw also used in attack Spring Milius a police say a Pennsylvania woman in a an outrage of jealousy attacked her 82 year old Boyfriend with a Hacksaw and a Model air plane. The Centre daily times reported 46-year-old Bonnie Treaster of Centre Hall was arraigned tuesday on aggravated and simple assault charges. Her Boyfriend told police Treaster threw him Down climbed on him and hit him on the head with an exhaust Clamp. He says she grabbed a Hacksaw and tried to pull Down his pants. He says she later hit him in the Mouth with a Model plane. 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