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Schools budget hearing is tonight

June 13, 2007|by DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A public hearing is scheduled for tonight on the $96 million 2007-08 Chambersburg Area School District budget, which calls for raising real estate taxes as much as 6.24 mills.

The 7 p.m. hearing will be in the school district's Administration Building, 435 Stanley Ave. A vote on final passage of the budget is scheduled to follow the hearing.

When the preliminary budget was approved earlier this year, it called for increasing property taxes 5.23 mills to 75.91 mills. In May, however, the board directed the administration to prepare a budget that includes 0.5 mill for a technology reserve fund and 0.51 mill to replace revenue that would be lost if the district eliminates its $10 per capita tax.

If those measures are approved, the tax increase would be 6.24 mills, bringing the total property tax to 76.92 mills, Business Manager Rick Vensel said earlier this month. One mill equals $1 for every $1,000 of assessed value on a property.

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Vensel said the additional tax would still be below the Act 1 tax increase cap set by the state for the district.

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