I think it is time the State College Area School District consider halting tax increases for a year or two. Increases have been occurring for many years now.
One tax increase was approved by the voters. However, after voters approved of the 6.1 percent tax increase, the board decided to increase the property-tax rate again for budget purposes.
Raising taxes every once and a while for a new project or a small budget difference is certainly acceptable to keep the district functioning normally.
As a graduate of the school district, I enjoyed the education I received; however, to continue to ask taxpayers to pay more every year while the district runs surpluses seems somewhat irresponsible.
It may not be the fault of current board members that created a situation in which they must increase taxes every year to help balance the budget, but they need to be part of a solution trying to slow these tax increases.
It isn’t fair for the district to receive another tax increase after voters approved a substantial increase for a new high school.