Meadville Tribune

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June 28, 2013

PENNCREST approves 2013-14 budget with no property tax increase

SAEGERTOWN — Residents of Crawford County living in PENNCREST School District will pay the same 48.59 mills in school property taxes this year that they paid last.

By a vote of 7-0 with Harry Hicks and Mark Parker absent, members of PENNCREST School Board approved a 2013-14 budget with general fund budgeted expenditures totaling $49,052,298 during a special meeting Thursday night at the district’s administration office in Saegertown. The resolution passed without comment.

Pennsylvania’s school code requires that each of Pennsylvania’s 500 school districts have its 2013-14 budget in place no later than Friday.

With one mill equaling $1 for every $1,000 in a property’s assessed value, the school property tax bill for a residence with the district’s median assessed value of $24,307 will remain $1,181.08.

In response to a question from board member Carole Jones about the resignation of Hicks, who announced earlier this month that he intended to step aside as a board member for family reasons, Superintendent Connie Youngblood said that the district had not yet received a letter of resignation from Hicks.

According to Ted Watts, the district’s attorney, a 30-day countdown period begins as soon as a letter of resignation is accepted by the board. If the board does not appoint someone to fill the vacant seat during that 30-day period, citizens have the right to have the task be turned over to Crawford County Court of Common Pleas.

Mary Spicer can be reached at 724-6370 or by email at mspicer@meadvilletribune.com.

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