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Cumberland Valley budget includes tax hike, program cuts

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MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

You'll find red all over the Cumberland Valley School District.  After all, it is one of the district's colors.

You won't, however, find red on the bottom line of the district's proposed budget. The balanced plan was rolled out by district officials Monday night. The $106 million proposal does include a tax hike, elimination of several positions and some program cuts.

Nothing is set in stone, but if the district has its way, taxes for those in the Cumberland Valley School District would be going up 1.7 percent, the maximum allowed by the state.

But with the increase comes a level plan and the security of many school programs, said Superintendent Dr. Bill Harner.

"That 1.7 will allow us to keep all the programs that make CV a wonderful place to go to school and work," Harner said.

The district is also hoping to bring back a handful of elementary school teachers. However, this budget proposal does include eliminating several positions through attrition.

Programs on the chopping block include driver education and elementary swimming.

The Finance Committee will meet again on April 8 at Eagle View Middle School to discuss the budget and hear from the public.

School officials said the budget should be posted on the district's webpage.

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