Upper Darby, Like 75 percent of State’s School Districts, Intends to Raise Property Taxes

Image of Upper Darby School District officials via Meghan Bobrowsky, Philadelphia Inquirer.

School board members in Upper Darby, where local taxes are already among the region’s highest, have approved a 2.5 percent increase in real estate tax, writes Meghan Bobrowsky for the Philadelphia Inquirer.

This means that property owners in the Upper Darby School District will pay, on average, $67 more a year.

Upper Darby officials have cited inadequate funding from Harrisburg for the rising pension, charter school, salary, and special education costs.

“We cannot sustain recurring costs,” superintendent Dan Nerelli said, explaining that the tax increase would help the district stay in operation.

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According to a study by the Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials, more than 75 percent of the state’s school districts intend to raise property taxes this year.

In Upper Darby, this increase may include a one-time cash infusion of $3.5 million from Harrisburg if approved by the legislature. The additional funds would be used to repair rundown buildings, according to School Board President Rachel Mitchell.

“Our children deserve to learn in updated facilities with 21st-century technology, with updated curriculum and working bathrooms,” said Mitchell.

Read more about the Upper Darby School District in the Philadelphia Inquirer by clicking here.

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