Taxes going up for Greencastle-Antrim property owners

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

Property taxes will be going up in the Greencastle-Antrim School District.

A final budget, which includes a 3.19 mill property tax increase, was passed in by the school board for the 2016-2017 school year.

The Greencastle-Antrim School Board voted Thursday to approve the budget with a $39 million spending plan and revenues at $37 million.

Seven board members voted to approve with budget, while Mike Still opposed it. Board member Brian Hissong was not present for the meeting.

The 3.19 mill increase is the maximum allowed without special approval from either the Pennsylvania Department of Education or taxpayers. This raises the current mill rate to 106.35.

The district did not increase the tax rate last year but chose to do so this year as a source of revenue.

According to G-ASD Business Manager Jolinda Wilson, with the tax increase, the average taxpayer will see a $75 increase which is expected to raise $615,101 for the district.

Reasons for the tax hike 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.