10/26/17 – Taxpayers in Cambria-Friesland will see an increase in the school portion of their tax bill. The school board this week approved their 2017-2018 budget. The tax levy saw little change from the previous year at $2.6-million dollars. Superintendent Tim Raymond says this years $5.3-million-dollar budget has growth of $200-thousand dollars. The district is in the final year of a $1.4-million-dollar referendum approved two-and-a-half years ago, infusing $600-thousand dollars into the budget. The mill rate of $12.27 per thousand dollars of assessed value is 70-cents higher than the number homeowners saw on last December’s tax bill. Raymond says the factors driving the property tax increase include not only the final year of the referendum but also a decrease in land valuation. District property values dropped roughly $1.1-million dollars from a year ago and sit at $211-million. Also the district is down ten students compared to last year. Raymond says the district will be using money from their fund balance to address maintenance issues including windows, lighting and heating and cooling. Raymond says while there is an increase in taxes the numbers are not far off from the original projections.