By Rick Dandes
The Daily Item
LEWISBURG — School board directors Thursday night approved a $29.4 million preliminary budget for 2013-2014 that includes a 2 percent increase in real estate taxes, and provisions that could raise those rates to 5.5 percent to cover a projected $868,000 deficit.
By law, Lewisburg can raise taxes 2 percent, Superintendent Mark DiRocco said. The district also will file for retirement and special education exceptions that, if approved by the state, would allow Lewisburg to raise taxes by as much as 5.5 percent.
But that’s only if it’s needed to balance the budget, DiRocco said.
“At no time have I ever definitively said there would be a 5.5 percent real estate tax increase,” DiRocco said. “We have never had to raise taxes to the maximum, which is what the 5.5 percent increase would be.”