Superintendent Patrick O'Toole said he has a "very strong desire" not to raise taxes next year.
He told the Upper St. Clair School Board Monday night that the administration has no intention of applying for tax exceptions this year and has a goal of having zero tax increase.
The Pennsylvania Department of Education requires school boards to adopt a resolution by the end of January indicating they won't raise taxes over the state index if they plan on not filing for Act 1 exceptions, according to Business Manager Frosina Cordisco.
Following O'Toole's recommendation, the school board voted in favor of moving the adoption of the 2013-14 budget up to May instead of June so there would be more time to implement changes. That means they must adopt a final proposed budget in April for public viewing.
In June, the board voted for a 1.618-mill school tax increase. The rationale was that implementing a larger increase for this year could allow the district to hold the line on taxes for 2013-14.
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