The Bethel Park School Board Tuesday adopted a $76.11 million budget for the 2013-14 school year that raises the tax rate by 0.45 mills.
The increase means the owner of a home assessed at $100,000 will pay $44.96 more in taxes next year.
The current tax rate is 25.49 mills. Following the Allegheny County reassessments, the revenue neutral rate became 21.41 mills. By adding the tax increase, the new tax rate becomes 21.86 mills.
Last year, the tax rate increased 0.52 mills.
The new tax increase will generate $1,156,000 more for the school district, according to school officials.
The new budget uses $255,000 from the $5.2 million fund balance to balance the budget.
The vote was 6-1, with board members David Amaditz and Russ Spicuzza absent, and Ronald Sustich opposed.
Mr. Sustich made a motion to raise the tax rate to 21.97 mills, saying he opposed using the fund balance to balance the budget. But the motion was rejected, with some board members saying higher taxes become a burden on the unemployed, low-income earners and those on fixed incomes.
Margaret Smykla, freelance writer: firstname.lastname@example.org