Another tax increase in the Lewisburg school district
LEWISBURG– The Lewisburg Area School Board approved a preliminary 2014-2015 budget of just over $30-million Thursday. Thanks to the ever increasing issue of pension costs, the preliminary budget includes a proposed 1.5% real estate tax increase.
Superintendent Dr. Mark DiRocco, “We added a position in for some maintenance needs that we have. We plugged a little bit more money in because we have some special education needs that are going to be a little great next year than they were this year plus, with the state retirement crisis, that is costing us almost an additional $300,000 every year. The real estate tax increase doesn’t even cover that additional increase.”
In other board action, the directors approved an agreement with the Green Dragon Foundation regarding the use of District facility naming opportunities. DiRocco said, “As we build the new high school people may want their family name on a classroom or on a larger venue like a auditorium, and so they are going to offer those opportunities for certain amounts of contribution that come to the school district.”
The Green Dragon Foundation is a community based non- profit organization that has been working with the School District since 2010 and has raised over $400,000. ( Sarah Lagerman)
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