Tyrone passes school budget with tax increase

TYRONE — The Tyrone Area School Board unanimously approved a $25.6 million budget for next school year with a tax increase.

The decision reflects a preliminary vote taken last month.

The proposal raises taxes for residents in each county of the Tyrone Area School District.

Taxpayers in Blair County will see a 3.4 percent increase in their school taxes. For the median assessed property value of $131,874 in Blair, the increase equates to $28 more for an annual tax bill.

In Centre County, the proposed increase is 1.34 percent, equating to $16 more annually for the median assessed property value of $44,625.

In Huntingdon County, the proposed increase is 0.34 percent or less than $5 more a year for the median assessed value of $31,200.

The property tax increase is to help fund retirement costs, health care and added staff positions in the 2018-19 school year, including an elementary school police officer.

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