Governor’s veto of budget-related measure cost local schools over $4 million in construction reimbursement

HAMBURG – The governor’s latest veto, issued on April 4, 2016, will cost Berks County school districts located in the 29th Senatorial District over $4 million in reimbursement for construction projects, according Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks).

Under the state’s Planning and Construction Workbook, otherwise known as PlanCon, school districts receive a portion of funding for new construction and renovation projects from the state. Seven Berks County school districts in the 29th Senatorial District were set to receive the reimbursement under the state’s PlanCon program based on the passage of a budget-related bill, known as the Fiscal Code.

“Under previous law, our school districts had every reason to expect this funding, which is why I voted to release these dollars to the school districts,” Argall said. “Unfortunately, the governor’s veto will require school districts to wait even longer. I’m hopeful that we can resolve this issue soon.”

House Bill 1327, also known as the budget-related Fiscal Code, included the following reimbursements for the following local school districts:

  • Conrad Weiser Area School District – $636,534.23
  • Fleetwood Area School District – $791,708.83
  • Hamburg Area School District – $447,507.21
  • Kutztown Area School District – $237,392.86
  • Schuylkill Valley School District – $154,401.03
  • Tulpehocken Area School District – $466,311.97
  • Wilson School District – $1,323,696.71
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