Taxes in the Williamsport Area School District are going up this year, though by how much has yet to be determined.
The board voted Tuesday night to seek an exception from the state Department of Education to raise taxes above the Act 1 index, which limits how much school districts may raise taxes, to support an $83 million budget for the next school year.
The preliminary budget calls for taxes to increase from 14.816 mills to 16.4986 mills. That is a 1.6826 mill difference and would cost a homeowner with a $100,000 property an additional $168 a year, according to Jeffrey Richards, district business manager.
The school board has applied for exceptions in the past, but it has never used them, he said. The preliminary budget is estimated with what was recieved from the state last year. There are still lots of options to make up a gap between expenses and revenues, Richards said.
I don't see taxes rising that high unless the state would cut the district's funding for the year, said Richards.
Should the state deny the exception, the board would be limited to a tax hike of .444 mills. That would cost a homeowner with a $100,000 property an additional $44 a year, Richards said.