Seneca Valley budget proposal includes property tax increase

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Seneca Valley school board has proposed a 2.75-mill property tax increase for the coming school year.

Board members unanimously voted to introduce the $101 million budget at Monday's board meeting. A final vote is scheduled for June 17.

The proposed tax increase would mean a $94 increase in school property taxes for the owners of a house with a market value of $250,000, said Lynn Burtner, district business administrator.

Seneca Valley had started the budget process earlier this year with a projected deficit of $2.8 million. School administrators said last week that deficit had been cut in half for the proposed budget. Increases in tax collection rates and the value of a mill of property tax made up some of the difference, they said.

The district is also eliminating three teaching positions and replacing retirees with staff starting at a lower salary to cut its deficit.

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Laure Cioffi, freelance writer:


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