HOPE — When the Flat Rock-Hawcreek School Corp. Board approved its 2013 budget Tuesday night, the vote from the board for a property tax increase was unanimous. That was not the case from the audience, however.
Brian Jasper of Hope said he didn't want new taxes, considering taxpayers have been footing the bill since 2010 for a renovation and construction project at Hope Intermediate and Hauser Jr.-Sr. High schools.
"Taxpayers have no more money to give," Jasper told the five-member school board. "You can't spend your way to prosperity."
Nevertheless, board members unanimously approved the $9.77 million budget during the meeting. School administrators, however, aid they expect the final number to settle in at less than $8.89 million, which is in line with the 2012 amount.
Under that adjusted figure, officials estimate owners of a $100,000 home in the Flat Rock-Hawcreek school district would pay an extra $50 on their tax bill in 2013, the difference between about $474 this year and $524 next year.
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