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School taxes too high I

| Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, 9:00 p.m.

I was just reading the Headlining Hempfield community newsletter. I began to read the article from ($160,000/year) Hempfield Area School District Superintendent Tammy Wolicki, and I became more and more disgusted the further I read.

Wolicki stated: “The Hempfield Area School District Board of School Directors has been fiscally responsible in preparing a budget for the 2017-18 school year, while maintaining programming and a well-rounded education experience. … Despite the need to increase tax millage by 2.47 percent, the Hempfield Area School District remains low in comparison to other county districts. Ten of the 17 districts have a higher millage rate than Hempfield Area.”

How does your place in the millage rates prove fiscal responsibility? What cost-cutting measures have been considered? Has there been a study done by an independent source to improve efficiency and reduce waste? How does the median income of those 17 districts compare ($42,000 in Hempfield Township)?

Hundreds of properties in Westmoreland County, including many in Hempfield, were up for sheriff's sale this month due to delinquent taxes. How many senior citizens are among those losing their homes?

How many more increases will it take until no one can pay their taxes and maintain their homes?

I attended the school board meeting last month, and not one word was spoken of reducing spending by any school board member.

Mark Anania


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