Wednesday, June 28, 2017

A Tiny Tax Hike Approved in Pottsgrove

The Pottsgrove School Board adopted a $66 million budget for the coming school year Tuesday night that will include a tax hike of less than half a percent.

In fact, the tax hike will be .39 percent, which will translate into an $18 tax increase for a home assessed at $120,000, the district average.

Board Vice President Al Leach cast the only vote against the budget. He argued that there were other options which would allow the district to close the $150,000 gap between revenues and expenses.

He said Boyertown, Pottstown, Owen J. Roberts and Spring-Ford had all drawn heavily on reserve funds to close their budget gaps.

However, board members Rick Rabinowitz, who voted for his first tax hike in his four years on the board, Board President Matt Alexander and Business Manager David Nester all argued that drawing on reserves in one year only creates a bigger budget gap the following year.

"I'm a believer in small increases over zero, zero and then a spike," said Nester. "No one remembers the zeros when you have a 10 percent increase."

That board also voted to appoint high school junior Savanah Lear to be the board's newest student member, as well as for forgive a $300 invoice to Upper Pottsgrove Township regarding a car show at the middle school which was causing what Rabinowitz characterized as a political "kerfuffle."

Here are the Tweets from the meeting all tied up, as promised, in a bow.

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