The Upper Perkiomen School Board approved the final 2018-19 budget last week with a smaller tax increase for property owners than previously forecast. By a 6-3 vote, the members ratified a 0.79 millage rate increase, which equates to a two percent tax hike. Vice President Mike Elliot, Joan Smith and Dr. John Farris opposed the motion during the June 14 workshop meeting.
Smith and Farris cast the lone votes in favor of a previous motion that called for a 2.9 millage rate increase. Elliot and Judith McGinnis voted with the majority, but both told the audience they would have preferred a rate somewhere in between.
"This is a tough call," McGinnis said.
Member Stephen Cunningham made the motion to approve the lower millage rate hike, which imposes a $74.56 increase on the median property owner in Montgomery County and a $57.66 increase on the median property owner in Berks County. After the meeting Cunningham said he favored the lower rate over the 2.9 millage rate increase that would have added $154.09 and $119.43 to the bill of taxpayers in Montgomery and Berks Counties respectively, as a way to soften the blow for taxpayers.
The final budget calls for transferring ...