U-CF School Board considering tax hike

The Unionville-Chadds Ford School Board will, during its Feb
16 meeting, vote on a possible tax increase beyond the state index. The board
must apply for exceptions to the limits in order to raise taxes to the
suggested levels without going to a referendum.

The vote is part of a state-required preliminary budget. The
actual budget won’t come up for a vote until later this spring.

The budget under consideration calls for a possible tax hike
from 23.58 mills to 24.97 mills in Chester County and an increase from 20.68
mills to 21.44 mills in Chadds Ford Township, the only district township in
Delaware County.

A mill is a tax of $1 for every $1,000 of assessed property

School Board President Timotha Trigg said the board has
already applied for the exceptions, but thinks they won’t be needed. She said
she doubts the board will increase taxes to the levels proposed and will keep
them within state allowable limits.

Trigg also stressed that there’s a good chance the final
budget this spring will be different that the preliminary budget passed next

“It’s still very early in the process for the budget...and I
will not be surprised if there are some significant changes between the budget
we pass Tuesday and the final budget we wind up with in the May/June
time frame,” Trigg said.

She said state law requires a preliminary budget this early,
but there’s been no time for a lot of discussion yet.

The School Board meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Feb 16
at Pocopson Elementary School. Trigg recommends that residence attend the

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About Rich Schwartzman

Rich Schwartzman has been reporting on events in the greater Chadds Ford area since September 2001 when he became the founding editor of The Chadds Ford Post. In April 2009 he became managing editor of ChaddsFordLive. He is also an award-winning photographer.



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