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Waynesboro Area School Board submits budget with $1.5 million deficit

School board passed the budget Tuesday with the intention of seeking certain tax exemptions

February 16, 2011

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — A preliminary budget with a $1.5 million deficit has been submitted by the Waynesboro Area School Board to the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

The school board passed the budget Tuesday with the intention of seeking certain tax exemptions from the state. The exemptions for retirement costs and debt would be needed to raise property taxes beyond the 1.8 percent allowed under Act 1.

Board members said they do not know how much taxes will need to be increased for 2011-12, but they are seeking the exemptions to give them options in coming months as the budget is discussed.

Superintendent James Robertson said he believes the district can get permission from the state to raise taxes 3.3 mills beyond the 1.5 mills allowed by Act 1. A mill represents $1 of every $1,000 assessed property value.

Early budget estimates show total expenditures and revenues around $50 million. School officials are expecting no new revenue from the state as well as lost dollars from expiring stimulus programs.

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