Avonworth turning to tax hike for $1.3 million deficit

The Avonworth School Board is looking at a .43 mill property tax increase and a dip into the district’s reserve fund balance to fund the proposed 2019-20 fiscal year budget.

The $34.2 million proposed budget is expected to use $486,259 in revenue from an increase in the district’s millage rate from 19.1 to 19.53, a 2.3 percent increase that is the maximum permitted under the state Act 1 index. Another $840,277 could come from the fund balance in order to balance the spending plan.

The tax increase will cost property owners another 43 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value.With the median home value in the district coming in at just over $200,000, the increase would cost most property owners another $86 per year.

At their May 5 meeting, the school board unanimously approved the proposed budget. Member Patrick Stewart was absent. The budget is available for public inspection in the Administration Office, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. There will be a public budget hearing Monday, June 3, at 7:30 p.m. prior to the advertised work session.

The board will make any revisions and changes that appear advisable, and plans to adopt the budget on Monday, June 10.