Thursday, July 27, 2006

Greenville School Board Axes Tax Hike; No Word From Grove City Board

Greenville school board showed some fiscal responsibility last night by repealing the slated tax increase for the upcoming school year. The latest PA budget had generous funding increases for schools, so the board felt it necessary to revisit the taxation issue.

From The Herald (Sharon, PA):
The board Wednesday adopted a revised version of the 2006-07 budget for the second time this year. Directors adopted the final budget in June, along with a 1.5-mill tax hike. That budget was revised from a preliminary budget with a proposed increase of 2.95 mills that the board adopted in February.


The board’s budget and finance committee recommended directors reopen the $16,207,386 budget and rescind the tax increase.


“A consensus was reached to provide relief to local taxpayers. This was an opportunity to utilize the state allocation to balance the budget and to offset the tax increase,” said Dennis Webber, who chairs the budget and finance committee.
Grove City area residents can now wonder if they will get the same treatment from their school board. Given that the administration continually tells residents that "we're due" for an increase, and that the board hasn't shown any fiscal responsibility in recent years, the residents shouldn't hold their breath.

Of course, miracles do happen (such as an upcoming election year), so residents have a slight hope. On the other hand, we're talking about the same board that raised taxes directly before the last election, fully aware that voter apathy would grant their re-election.

We'll see...and I'll keep you informed.

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