VERNON TOWNSHIP — Crawford Central School Board this week voted 8-0 to not raise taxes above the state-imposed inflation index of 3.7 percent as part of its 2020-21 budget.

Board member Glenn Tuttle was absent from the meeting.

As a result of the vote, the board will not be able to raise taxes more than approximately 1.95 mills when it votes on its budget in June. Increases that exceed the state index require voter approval through referendum. Increases below the index do not require voter approval.

The board last increased the district’s real estate tax rate in 2018 when it was raised by 1 mill. At the time, budget projections called for increases of 0.5 mills for the three following years, but the board rejected an increase of 0.49 mills this year.

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