02 - 01 - 2013 Rise in property taxes possible after budget approval
LEWISTOWN - By a 5-3 margin, the Mifflin County School District Board of Directors voted Thursday to approve a preliminary 2013-14 budget that could see property tax increases rise by 5.05 percent to generate another $1 million dollars in added revenue. The proposed spending plan, according to Chief Financial Officer Sean Daubert, totals just under $66 million. Included in that total is the maximum allowable tax increase of 2.4 percent, or $527,608. Also included would be exceptions filed with the state for the state retirement program and special education. If those exceptions are approved by the State Department of Education, the tax rate could rise to the 5.05 percent. Daubert said the document voted on Thursday is a first step in the budget process and had to be voted on with the tax increase to allow him to apply for approval of the exceptions.