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Proposed budget includes tax increase that Middletown Area School Board hopes to reduce to "zero" by June 19

By Dan Miller, danmiller@pressandjournal.com
Posted 5/15/17

Middletown Area School Board during its May 15 meeting voted 7-0 to approve a preliminary 2017-18 school district budget that calls for a 1.23 percent increase in the real estate tax.

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Proposed budget includes tax increase that Middletown Area School Board hopes to reduce to "zero" by June 19

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Middletown Area School Board during its May 15 meeting voted 7-0 to approve a preliminary 2017-18 school district budget that calls for a 1.23 percent increase in the real estate tax.

The district and school board are both hoping to reduce the proposed tax increase to “zero” by June 19, when the board must adopt a final version of the budget, said David Franklin, the district’s chief financial officer.

“The work is not done,” Franklin added.

The school district has not raised taxes since the 2014-15 school year, when the board increased the property tax by 1.56 percent.

A 1.23 percent tax hike would increase by $27.15 the tax bill for a property in the school district assessed at $100,000.

No one from the public offered any comment before the board voted on the preliminary budget. Board members approved the preliminary budget without comment. Members David John and Brian Keating were absent.

The preliminary budget is to be posted on the district web site, www.raiderweb.org. The budget will also be available for public inspection at the district administrative offices on West Water Street in Middletown.