WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Taxpayers who support the Waynesboro Area School District saw a proposed $125 increase in their school taxes melt down to about $75 this week after administration staffers chopped away at the district's 1998-99 budget, school officials said Wednesday.
Administrators in March proposed an 18.5 mill rate hike for next year to finance a $30.9 million school budget and to maintain a comfortable year-end surplus, Superintendent Robert Mesaros said when the budget proposal was first unveiled.
Since then they have shaved 6 mills off the tax hike, cutting the 18.5 mills originally proposed to 12.5 this week, Jack Kennedy, business manager for the district, said Wednesday.
A mill represents $1 for every $1,000 of assessed property value. School taxes in Waynesboro have jumped 4.5 mills over the last seven years, Mesaros has said.