By RICHARD F. BELISLE
Staff Writer, Waynesboro
WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The average Waynesboro area property owner hasn't seen school taxes go up much in the last seven years. Next year, if the school board doesn't make some budget cuts, homeowners could pay another $125 a year.
Schools Superintendent Robert Mesaros said the Waynesboro Area School District may have to seek an 18.5-mill tax increase.
A mill is $1 for every $1,000 of assessed property value.
Mesaros and Dr. Robert J. Ternes, school board president, said Thursday they are concerned that the district's fund balance, or year-end surplus, will be down to zero at the end of the fiscal year in June.
Two years ago, the balance, which is considered a cushion against unexpected expenses during the year, was up to $1.2 million. It dropped to $700,000 at the end of last year, officials said.