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Whitehall Coplay School Board considers tax hike to balance budget

WHITEHALL TWP., Pa. - The Whitehall-Coplay School Board approved the proposed 2017-18 general fund budget at its May 8 meeting.

The vote was 6-1, with board member Owen Eberhart voting no. Board Vice-President Lloyd Schafer was not present.

The $67.6 million budget, as it is now written, balances revenues and expenditures by using fund balance money. The budget represents a 4.24 percent increase from the previous year.

The proposed budget would increase the millage rate to 16.59, up about 2.6 percent from last year.

The proposed budget will now be up for public review.

The vote to consider adopting the final budget will be conducted no later than June 30.

When asked after the meeting why he voted no, Eberhart said, “I can’t afford another tax increase.”

In other business, treasurer William Leiner was unanimously reelected to the position. His new term will run from July 1 to June 30, 2018.

The Board also voted 7-0 to approve Fox Rothschild, LLP as the Whitehall-Coplay School District solicitor. The firm will perform its duty for a term which will run from July 1 to June 30, 2018.

The company will receive an annual retainer of $19,500 as well as a base hourly rate of $185.

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