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Lancaster supervisors adopt $18.1 million school budget, propose pay raise for themselves

LANCASTER—As it nears the end of the budgeting process, the Lancaster board of supervisors on Thursday, April 13, unanimously adopted a school budget totaling $18,111,648 with level local funding of $11,955,615.

During the same meeting, the board continued its review of the county operating budget, suggesting a $22,000 increase in order to provide a pay raise for supervisors, something that has not been done since 2000.

The board approved a school budget with level funding from the current budget, which is $34,692 less than what the school board had voted to recommend at its March 13 meeting and what was advertised by the board of supervisors. The board also unanimously approved a lump sum appropriation, effective for July 1.

County budget

County administrator Don Gill reminded the board the proposed budget is based on the existing tax rates. With the increase in value of used cars, “our current personal property tax revenue is $1 million more than what was budgeted.” Gill added that last year’s budget discussion left the $2.04 rate per $100 unchanged as it has been since 2007. “Lancaster’s tax rate is one of the lowest around.” The board agreed to keep all tax rates unchanged for the 2024 calendar year….

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