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Waynesboro school budget includes 4.88-mill increase

June 21, 2006|by JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The Waynesboro Area School Board has adopted a $43.475 million budget for the 2006-07 school year that comes with a 4.88-mill tax increase for district property owners.

The increase would translate into an additional $69 in taxes for the average property owner. That assumes the average assessed value of a house in the Borough of Waynesboro is $14,173.

The district also serves students in Washington and Quincy townships, the Borough of Mont Alto and Guilford Township's Fifth District.

The 2006-07 budget includes a $3 million increase in expenditures over last year.

The 2005-06 budget had been approved at $40.4 million with a mill rate of 70.88.

"We took some really major hits in utility costs and health-care costs," Board President Larry Glenn said, noting expenditures associated with cyber charter schools also spiked.

Local tax revenue in Pennsylvania school districts also must compensate for changes in state reimbursements every year, he said.

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The budget and tax structure passed with board members Glenn, Anna Bostwick-Foley, John Fitz, K. Marilyn Smith and Stanley Barkdoll in favor. Todd Rock voted against both the budget and accompanying tax structure. Leland Lemley, Chris Devers and Michael Shea were absent for the vote.

Rock said he voted against the measures "for a lot of different reasons."

"It looks like we've averaged increases of 3 or 4 mills a year, and that's significant. I think we need to take a harder look at saving money," Rock said, declining to identify areas where cuts could have been made.

Each mill of taxes generates about $206,000 for the school district.

In the past month, the board accepted the resignation of assistant high school principal Brian Gallagher and appointed Dianne Eberhardt principal of Fairview Elementary School, Aaron Taylor principal of Summitview Elementary School, Kimberly Calimer assistant principal at the middle school and Barbara Martin assistant principal of Fairview Elementary School.

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