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Plum School Board OKs $65.2 million budget, 3 percent tax increase

Emily Balser
| Tuesday, June 28, 2016, 10:48 p.m.

The Plum School Board on Tuesday approved its $65.2 million budget and a 3 percent property tax increase. The board voted 6-3 with board members Vicky Roessler, Sue Caldwell and Steve Schlauch dissenting. The tax increase is the first in 10 years and raises the millage rate to 19.337. That's up from 18.758. With the current property-tax rate, the owner of a home assessed at $111,000 pays $2,082 a year in property taxes to the district. That will go to $2,146 a year with the tax increase. Officials have said the increase will generate an extra $850,000 for the district. The district worked to create a “bare bones” budget after a $4 million deficit was found this year. Officials have said it was due to overestimating the local tax revenue since 2013. The district also attributed rising salaries, health care and retirement costs to the deficit.The district is taking a $4 million loan to balance the budget as well as a $1 million loan to buy required new buses. •Emily Balser is a Tribune-Review staff writer. She can be reached at 412-871-2369 or ebalser@tribweb.com .

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