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Penn-Trafford board approves budget with to tax hike

| Wednesday, June 12, 2013, 9:42 a.m.

The property tax rate in the Penn-Trafford School District won't increase for the 2013-14 school year to help pay for the district's $49.3-million budget.

Though the district is embarking on a construction project at the high school, board members agreed to keep the tax rate at 74.85 mills for most property owners and 14.43 mills for the Trafford properties that are in Allegheny County.

That means that the owner of a home in Westmoreland County with the median assessed value of $25,030 would pay $1,873 a year in property taxes with the current rate. In Allegheny County, the owner of a home assessed at $75,000 would pay $1,082 a year.

The board unanimously kept the same tax rate for 2013-14 despite board member Nick Petrucci's suggestion last week that officials consider a tax increase to raise revenue for building improvements.

In the new budget, the district is not replacing eight of the nine teaching positions that were opened through retirements. Penn-Trafford also eliminated its human-resources position.

The budget shows that district officials estimate they will begin the new fiscal year on July 1 — and end it a year later — with a fund balance of $3.9 million.

Of that total, the board has designated $2.4 million for building-project or pension expenses.

Chris Foreman is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8671, or cforeman@tribweb.com.

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