The Upper St. Clair School district tax increase is larger than expected.
A 1.618-mill increase was approved by the school board Monday. The preliminary 2012-13 budget called for an additional 1.375 mills.
School board member Angela Petersen motioned to amend the figure. The measure was defeated 5-4, but board vice president Barbara Bolas called for another vote. She cast her ballot to in favor the second time around, joining Petersen, board president Rebecca Stern, Amy Billerbeck and Frank Kerber.
Voting against were Buffy Hasco, Harry Kunselman, Louis Mafrice Jr. and Louis Oliverio.
Petersen’s rationale was that implementing a larger increase this year could allow the district to hold the line on taxes for 2013-14.
The 1.618-mill figure represents the maximum increase allowed for the school district under Pennsylvania Act 1 of 2006, the Taxpayer Relief Act.
Read more tomorrow on Upper St. Clair Patch.