WAYNESBORO, Pa.—Two days before the deadline to approve it's budget, the Waynesboro School Board Friday night approved a $50.7 million spending plan for 2012-13 that includes a 1-mill real-estate tax increase.
The increase brings the district’s mill rate to 86.5. A mill is $1 of tax for every $1,000 of assessed property value.
The tax hike means that the average homeowner will pay about $17 more a year in real-estate taxes, according to school officials.
Each mill of taxes generates about $240,000 in revenue for the school district.
Board members Leland Lemley, Billie Finn, Chris Lind, Ashley Newcomer and Rita Daywalt voted for the millage increase. Board President Edward Wilson cast the lone dissenting vote.
Wilson said he voted against the 1-mill tax increase because he thought the board was trying to work on a half-mill increase rather than a full mill.
Even with the 1-mill tax hike, the district has to pull money from its fund balance to close up the more than $645,000 budgetary gap between $50,146,735 in revenues and $50,791,763 in expenditures.
Business Administrator Bob Walker said there is currently more than $5.9 million in the district’s fund balance.
In other action, the board approved the appointment of Eric C. McIlquham as the district’s new athletic director effective July 15 at an annual salary of $72,000.
McIlquham replaces longtime Athletic Director R. Daniel McLaughlin who recently retired.
McIlquham has been the head swimming and diving coach for the University of Alabama as well as president of Alabama Swim Camps LLC since 2003. From 1999 to 2003, he was the head swimming and diving coach for West Virginia University.
He received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Oakland University in Rochester, Mich. McIlquham earned his master’s degree in exercise physiology from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Ala.