Lewisburg school budget tax increase

Retirement funding, drives Lewisburg school tax hike

 

LEWISBURG – Lewisburg Area School District superintendent Dr. Mark DiRocco

defended the school board’s request for a tax hike at Thursday night’s

meeting.

 

He said the cost of retirees is up 25 percent increase is a big reason. So are health care costs (extra $160,000) which means the budget which starts July 1, is a half million dollars bigger than this year’s budget. The budget was adopted with only one dissenting vote.

 

On the subject of facilities, Dr. DiRocco also readdressed the oft spoken idea that it would cost less to renovate the current high school rather than build a new one. He said the $28-to-30 million price tag for renovation could easily rise with unforeseen issues common to such projects. It could end up meeting or exceeding the new school’s cost of $35 million.

 

Additionally, Lewisburg borough donated $2,500 toward the cost of hiring Keystone C.O.R.E. Services to guide the High School Repurposing Committee. They’ll be requesting proposals from those interested in buying or leasing the current high

school.

 

Total budget: $30,348,105

Percentage increase: 1.50%

Current millage: 16.06

Total millage increase: 0.24

Updated millage: 16.30

Median assessed home value: $137,900

Annual tax increase: $33.10

 

(Patricia Stroble)

school, lewisburg

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