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Donegal School Tax Up 1%

Hiring a new school resource officer and replacing technology are a few of the big-ticket items in the Donegal School District’s 2018-19 budget, which raises property taxes by 1 percent.

Donegal school board members voted Tuesday, June 12, to approve a $51.36 spending plan, which calls for the educational investments. The property tax increase will generate $250,000. The district will use $1.1 million of the fund balance to balance the budget.

The 1 percent tax increase will increase the millage rate from 17.988 mills to 18.167 mills. This will culminate in about a $1 increase on an average home valued at $162,000. But it will depend on where someone lives in the district, said Michelle Kendig, director of business services.

This year, Lancaster County engaged in a property reassessment. Consequently, many homeowners discovered their home values increased. The average property value in Donegal spiked 27.19 percent, Kendig said.

The reassessment also caused school districts to adjust their 2017-18 millage rates down to make them revenue neutral. “I really appreciate Michelle’s work to get (the millage rate) down to 1 percent,” Board Vice President Tim Markovits said, considering anticipated expenses.

Board member Patrick Mitchell agreed, “The taxpayers will really appreciate it.”

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