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Proposed budget would have Greencastle-Antrim property owners dig deeper in pockets

MEGAN HERR, The Record Herald Contact Megan Herr at mherr@therecordherald.com, 717-762-2151 or on Twitter: @mherr_RH

If a proposed budget is approved next month, Greencastle-Antrim School District property owners will see a 3.19 mill property tax increase for the 2016-2017 year.

The Greencastle-Antrim School Board voted to approve the proposed $39 million spending plan at its May 5 meeting.

According to G-ASD Business Manager Jolinda Wilson, the average taxpayer would see a $75 increase under the proposed hike which is expected to raise $615,101 for the district.

The 3.19 mill tax increase would be the maximum allowed without special approval from either the Pennsylvania Department of Education or taxpayers. This would raise the mill rate to 106.35.

Reasons for the tax increase include an increase in Public School Employees’ Retirement System (PSERS) costs, salaries and benefits, the request for three additional teachers and a new math curriculum.

The district did not increase the tax rate last year, but is leaning toward doing it this year for a source of revenue.

“We did flat funding for state revenue so the only way to increase revenue is to increase real estate tax revenue,” said Wilson.

The next school board meeting on May 19 will include another budget presentation and the final budget will be voted on at the June 16 meeting.