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No Tax Increase for Quakertown Community School District
Written by Jennifer Frieze, Correspondent

            During a Zoom meeting last Thursday, the Quakertown Community School District Board of Directors unanimously approved release of the district's 2020-2021 operating budget.

            The $119.5 million spending plan will keep the millage rate at 168.83.

            The only question raised by board members was whether it had been more or less than fifty years since a budget was passed without a tax increase.

            With the current millage rate, the average property owner will continue to pay just over $4,000 in property taxes. Director Kaylyn Mitchell thanked the finance committee and administration for their work in assembling the budget. Mitchell noted during the meeting that, with a growing unemployment rate due to the COVID-19 pandemic, passing a budget without a tax increase is critical.

            "We really understand that people in the community are suffering," Mitchell said.

            Director Ron Jackson noted that work had begun to develop a budget without a tax increase before the pandemic.

            "We aren't throwing in a zero percent tax increase because of COVID," Jackson said. "We were heading that way from the beginning, so I think its important for the community to know that."

            Director Keith Micucci, Chair of the Finance Committee, explained that state-mandated school closures do not equate to a cost-savings for schools and may ultimately cost the district money that is not reimbursed.

            "Although we are positioned now to do this, there is going to be financial challenges ahead and we're just going to have to weather them together."

            The board will vote on the final budget during its June 14 regular voting meeting.

            In other business Thursday night, Superintendent William Harner gave details on plans to celebrate the QCHS Class of 2020 on June 16 with a hybrid ceremony that will include speeches and a car parade. Full details will be released next week.





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