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Greencastle-Antrim budget includes tax increase

June 22, 2007|by ASHLEY HARTMAN

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - The Greencastle-Antrim School Board recently approved a budget of $30,917,591 for the 2007-08 school year.

The budget is an increase of approximately 9 percent over last year's budget of $28,395,200.

The budget grew due to increases in salaries, benefits packages, costs of student transportation, costs of natural gas and electricity, number of staff, and special education and technology costs, according to Richard Lipella, business manager for the Greencastle-Antrim School District.

"What we did was that we tried to build a budget to increase the tax at the absolute minimum," he said. "We tried to minimize the tax increase and they (the school board) did a good job this year."

For the average property owner, the increase in the school budget will translate to about $68 more a year in taxes, Lipella said.

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Lipella also said there are school district budget items which the board has no control over if they increase.

"You have the mandates with No Child Left Behind and the mandates dealing with special education children," he said. "We have no control over the cost of utilities.

Everybody knows electricity has gone up, diesel fuel has gone up - probably gone up in the past two years 60-plus percent."

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