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Brentwood school board considers tax hike

| Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 7:15 p.m.

Brentwood Borough School Board members said they're still working out details of the district's 2014-15 budget and have not determined if there will be a tax increase next school year.

As they talked with Brentwood Council in a joint meeting last week, board members said the budget remains a work in progress.

The district, however, was granted permission by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to raise property taxes above a state index of 3 percent. The Brentwood school system's real estate tax rate now is 24.8044 mills.

If school board members opt to raise taxes to the index, the rate would increase by 0.7441 mills to 25.5485, business manager Jennifer Pesanka said.

The district was granted what is known as a referendum exception for special education funding, totalling $439,886. That exception would allow the school board to raise real estate taxes by 1.1880 mills above the index level, Pesanka said.

The district also was granted a referendum exception for a 0.0894-mill increase above the index to cover $35,494 in employee retirement contributions.

The exceptions, in all, would allow the district to raise its real estate tax rate to as much as 26.8259 mills, if the board enacts them, Pesanka said.

The updated budget will be presented to council on May 12, with a final vote planned for June 16.

Stephanie Hacke is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5818 or shacke@tribweb.com.

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