Hollidaysburg school board OKs tax hike

Average homeowner’s bill would increase about $35 a year

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Hollidaysburg Area School Board passed a $51 million budget for 2019-20 that raises taxes.

The board voted 6-0 Wednesday in the senior high school library to raise real estate tax millage by 0.2078 mills.

Board President Ron Sommer, Ron Yoder, Lois Kaneshiki, Rob Vonada, Lonna Frye and Melissa Mitchell voted unanimously to pass the budget and tax increase.

Drew Swope, Scott Brenneman and Rick Gallagher were absent.

The average assessed value in the district is $165,000. With the district’s current tax rate of 8.8883 mills, the annual tax bill on property of that value is $1,466. An increase of 0.2078 mills would raise their yearly tax bill by $34.28, or $2.86 per month.

Of the new tax increase, 0.2061 mills would be allocated to the school district, generating $490,302, and 0.0017 mills would be designated to the Hollidaysburg Area Public Library, to increase the library funding by $3,796.

Hollidaysburg Business Man­ager Susan Baker noted that the tax increase would be the second increase in 10 years.

The last tax increase was in 2016-17.

Wednesday was the last board meeting for Human Resources Director and Transportation Director Dwight Straesser, who is retiring after 30 years with the district. The board presented him with a special recognition Wednesday night.

Mirror Staff Writer Russ O’Reilly is at 946-7435.


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