Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Tax Hike Seen, but No Staff Cuts Increase to Fund New High School

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Tax Hike Seen, but No Staff Cuts Increase to Fund New High School

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The West Jefferson Hills school board will vote on a final 2016-17 budget June 28 after approving a preliminary spending package that raises taxes by about half a mill.

The board on May 24 passed a $47.7 million preliminary budget.

No staffing or program cuts are included in the plan, although it does include a 0.59-mill increase in the tax rate that would bring it to 19.628 mills.

The hike would mean a homeowner would pay an additional $59 in taxes for every $100,000 in assessed property value.

The increase would generate an additional $806,000 for the district.

Officials said much of the increased revenue will go toward paying down the debt service on the new Thomas Jefferson High School, for which foundation work is underway on a vacant 151-acre site across from the district administration building on Old Clairton Road. …

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