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South Fayette School Board passes budget with property tax hike

The Tribune-Review
| Thursday, June 28, 2007 12:00 a.m

The South Fayette school board this week passed a $29.6 million 2007-08 budget that includes a 1.95-mill increase in the property tax rate.

The vote was 4-2, with board members Christopher Niemann and Vince Lamberti dissenting and board member Alan Wood absent.

With the new tax rate of 23.14 mills, the owner of a home assessed at $100,000 will pay $2,314 a year in property taxes to the district, $195 more than the previous year.

To balance the budget, $1.1 million of the district’s fund balance was used, leaving approximately $748,000 in the fund balance going forward.

School officials said the board had to deal with increases in costs for special education costs, education of students with English as a second language and transportation, along with rising enrollment and decreasing state and federal funding.

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