The Butler Area School District’s final budget for the 2018-19 school year is expected to include a tax increase of half the allowable millage.
The anticipated $650,000 that would be collected by a 1.565-mill increase in real estate taxes would be designated specifically to replenish a capital projects fund that district officials say has been neglected in recent years. A tax increase of this amount would cost the average homeowner in the district between $16 and $32 in additional tax payment.
In May, the board approved a preliminary budget that was balanced without a tax increase. An anticipated surplus this year of several hundred thousand dollars would be used to increase the district’s general fund, which has been depleted in recent years to balance the budget.
Final approval will be given to next year’s Butler Area School District budget at next Monday’s meeting of the school board directors on June 18.