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Cumberland Valley School Board votes to hold line on taxes

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MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

On Monday night, the Cumberland Valley School Board approved a budget for the next school year that will hold the line on taxes.

District Spokesperson Tracy Panzer said the budget for 2013-14 will cut the district's driver education and elementary school swimming programs, along with two positions in the music program.

A handful of speakers urged the board not to make any cuts.

Among board members, many were opposed to any tax hike.

"I think we're in a new time, a new era," said board member John Dwyer. "Incessant tax increases have to come to an end."

"This year I do think that the taxpayer deserves a holiday in light of the county taxes that are coming their way," said board President Barbara Gleim.

Others said a hike of .85 percent was a small price to pay for residents.

"I strongly support a tax increase," said board member Dr. Stephen Verber. ".85 percent is absolutely nothing."

"If we don't support a tax increase of .85 percent, that's the lowest of tax increases that I've seen, this district is going to have some problems," added board member John Jordan.

The final vote went 5-3 in favor of the budget with no tax increase.

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