Taxes could be raised in the Selinsgrove Area School District

SELINSGROVE – Another possible tax increase for a Valley school district. The Selinsgrove Area School District is proposing a tax increase of 1.5 mills or 2.3 % in the 2018-2019 school year. School District Business Manager Jeffrey Hummel tells WKOK the increase is part of the proposed budget totaling $43.5 million for next school year.

Hummel says the tax increase can be attributed to a number of factors, including a big increase in charter school tuition ($365,000), and debt service (a $300,000 increase). He also says a major real estate appeal, involving the Susquehanna Valley Mall, could potentially reduce revenues substantially. Hummel says the district is expected to hear more about that appeal this summer.

Hummel says it would be the first time in two years the district would raise taxes for operations…but taxes were raised by 1 mill for debt service in this year’s budget. A vote to adopt the final budget is expected to occur at the June 11 public meeting.

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