Dallastown Area School Board unanimously passed a final proposed budget on Thursday with no tax increase.

As in the past two years of no tax hikes, life is relatively good for Dallastown taxpayers compared to some neighboring districts.

There are no major program or staffing cuts in the $91.7 million proposed budget, and the mill rate remains at 22.26 mills. About $985,000 in surplus would be used to avoid a tax hike.

The last time Dallastown had a tax increase was in 2010-11, when taxes went up 3.4 percent. Taxes went up by as much as 5.3 percent in 2007-08.

Financial committee chairman Ronald Blevins said although a few changes to the budget are still pending, the budget shouldn't have any changes that affect the mill rate by the time the final budget vote is taken in June.

"We've done our ample due diligence at this point," Blevins said.

In other action, Dallastown honored 19 staff members who retired this school year. In all, they totaled more than 510 years of collective experience. The list of retirees is available on the district's web site on the May 9 board agenda.


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