CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - On an 8-1 vote Wednesday, the Chambersburg School Board approved a 2008-09 budget of $102,842,056, an increase of more than $5 million over the current year, although the district is not increasing real estate taxes as much as the Pennsylvania Department of Education would have allowed.
Board member Norman Blowers cast the only vote against the budget.
Property taxes will increase 4.07 mills, adding about $40 to the tax bill on a property with a market value of $100,000, according to the budget summary. The Department of Education had approved exemptions to the district's cap that could have allowed the board to raise taxes another $1.5 mills.
Property taxes, the main source of local income, are projected to bring in about $41 million next year. Local earned income taxes, including more than $8.3 million used to offset property taxes under Act 1, are projected at more than $15 million.