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No hike planned for Apollo-Ridge taxpayers

| Monday, May 23, 2016, 11:40 p.m.

Real estate taxes will remain the same in the Apollo-Ridge School District next year.

The school board on Monday approved a $24.1 million preliminary budget for the 2016-17 school year that keeps the tax rate at 62.9 mills for residents of Apollo, North Apollo and Kiski Township. Real estate taxes in the Indiana County portion of the school district will remain at 14.9 mills.

Through an equalization process mandated by the state, residents in different counties pay about the same in real estate taxes even though the counties have different assessments.

The preliminaty budget for the 2016-17 school year is an increase of 2.62 percent over the current school year.

The homestead/farmstead exclusion for the next school year is $331 per qualifying property.

The full budget is on the school district's website,

The school board is expected to give final approval on the budget on June 27.

The school board also approved next year's Lenape Technical School budget of $8.6 million. That's an increase of 1 percent over the current year's spending program.

Apollo-Ridge's share of the Lenape budget will be $919,330.

George Guido is a freelance writer for tehe Tribune-Review. .

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