Hanover Area Board Won’t Raise Property Taxes Above State Index
HANOVER TWP. — The Hanover Area School Board will not approve a property tax increase that exceeds the state index amount, according to a resolution approved at Tuesday’s board meeting.
Officials did not say what the exact index amount is. The state establishes an index amount each year for school districts based on various financial factors, and it typically ranges between 2 and 4 percent a year.
Hanover Area School Board member Vic Kopko voted against Tuesday’s resolution and said he opposes any tax increase. The board will vote on final tax rate in June when it approves a budget for the 2019-20 school year.
Last June, the board voted for a $32.3 million budget with a 3.4 percent increase in the property tax rate, which jumped from 17.5771 mills to 18.1747 mills. A mill is $1 on every $1,000 in property assessment.
School districts can exceed index amounts with voter approval through a referendum or by getting exceptions for certain costs approved by the state.
— MICHAEL P. BUFFER