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When the Flat Rock-Hawcreek School Corp. budget was approved 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 School and Hauser Jr.-Sr. High School.
“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, said 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 the owner of a $100,000 home in the school district would pay an extra $50 on the 2013 tax bill from $474 this year.
The 2013 school district budget is driven largely by plans to buy up to four new or used buses, transitioning from a system in which the school system contracts with private bus operators whose buses are aging.
Jeff Cleland, the school system’s business manager, expects the buses to cost about $325,000. However, he said $240,000 of that already is in the bus replacement fund from the current year, leaving taxpayers to pay about $85,000.
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