CANTON - The Canton Area School Board on Thursday approved a 2012-13 tentative budget that the district superintendent called "austere."

According to the district, the revenues equal $13.6 million and the expenses total $14.1 million with the deficit covered by the fund balance.

The district covers three counties, Bradford, Lycoming and Tioga. Here is the millage for each in the spending plan: Bradford: 32.4716, a decrease of .1665; Lycoming, 14.4134, an increase of 1.0903; and Tioga, 15.4661, an increase of .7423.

Reviewing the expenditures, it was noted that there is an increase in fixed costs in medical insurance and the retirement contribution of $239,000.

Board members Eric Anderson and Judy Sourbeer voted no. Board member Denny Sourbeer was absent.

The various other tax levies are proposed to remain the same as last year.

Eric Hrin can be reached at (570) 297-5251; email: