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GASD closes the 2020 pandemic year with a small tax increase

The Gettysburg Area School District Board of Directors approved the 2021-2022 final budget at their regularly scheduled meeting on Monday. The 2021-2022 Approved Final Budget includes a 0.79% increase in the local real estate tax rate or 0.087 mills.  The increase is less than the 3.5% Act 1 index for GASD or 0.3856 mills.  The 2021-2022 Approved Final Budget local real estate tax rate is 11.1057 mills. 

The increase is modest and is designed according to Superintendent Jason Perrin to prevent potential large increases in the future.

The vote was 8-1 with board member Amy Beth Hodges voting against the motion.

It was an important board meeting, which came at end of a difficult school year and followed many prior meetings in which the administration carefully laid out their perceived needs for the increase.

Many of the board members spoke about how they came to their voting decisions, and you can listen to these here:

Tim Seigman

Business Manager/Board Secretary Belinda Wallen

Amy Beth Hodges

Kathleen Pratt

Al Moyer

Sylvan Hershey

Superintendent Jason Perrin

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More information about the budget can be found here.

The board has canceled its next three scheduled meetings.  The next meeting will be on Monday August 2.

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Charles Stangor is Gettysburg Connection's Publisher and Editor in Chief.

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