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Tuscarora School Board to readopt budget Monday

June 27, 2008

MERCERSBURG, Pa. -- The Tuscarora School Board will meet Monday to readopt its 2008-09 operating budget due to what the district superintendent called a technicality.

The board adopted a budget June 9, but the real estate tax increase approved did not coincide with what the board had actually talked about, Superintendent Rebecca E. Erb said.

Although the administration had recommended a 3.75-mill tax increase, the board members talked about making that increase 4 mills to establish a savings account, Erb said.

A mill represents $1 for every $1,000 of assessed property value. A 4-mill real estate tax increase would raise taxes by $72.96 for the district's average home, assuming the average home is assessed at $18,240 and has a corresponding market value of $186,122.

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Either a 3.75-mill or 4-mill tax increase would be within the amount allowed by the state, which requires that local budgets be submitted by the end of June.

Planned expenditures total $30.9 million for the coming school year.

The special board meeting has been scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Monday in the library at James Buchanan High School.

-- Jennifer Fitch

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