The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

May 24, 2013

Milton school directors approve budget and tax increase

By Ashley Wislock
The Daily Item

— MILTON - The Milton Area School District’s final 2013-14 budget was approved Tuesday and includes a tax increase of 1.31 mills, or 2.4 percent, in Northumberland County and .41 mills, or 3.6 percent, in Union County.

Only board member Rodney Noll voted against the budget, because he said he doesn’t think the board should increase taxes.

“I think there are cuts that could have been made,” he said. “It wasn’t necessary.”

Taxes also were raised to help balance the 2012-13 budget, 1.28 mills, or 2.4 percent, in Northumberland County and .38 mills, or 3.4 percent, in Union County, according to board meeting minutes.

“The board is too subservient to the administration and totally disloyal to the taxpaying constituents,” Noll, who represents White Deer, East Chillisquaque and Turbot townships, said.

Noll said he has concerns about the fact that some administrators involved in preparing the budget do not own property in the district and therefore do not have to pay the increased tax rates.

“They make out the budget, but they don’t own property in the borough and contribute,” he said.