Leechburg Area School District budget calls for tax increase
Property owners in the Leechburg Area School District will have to dig a little deeper during the next school year.
The school board approved to a $14.6 million budget that calls for a 3 percent real estate tax hike.
Millage for Leechburg and Gilpin in Armstrong County will see a jump from 75.07 mills to 77.48 mills. In West Leechburg, Westmoreland County, the real estate millage will be increased from 126.61 mills to 129.70 mills.
Officials blamed the tax increase on payments to the state teachers' retirement fund, hikes in health care and salary increases.
Those eligible for the homestead/farmstead exclusion can see a reduction of about $250 on the property taxes.
Lunch prices will rise 10 cents for the coming school year.
Elementary lunches will go from $2.60 to $2.70 while secondary students will pay $2.85 under state-mandated prices.
George Guido is a freelance writer.