Exactly how much of a property tax increase residents who live in the Palmerton Area School District will see next year remains to be seen.

The school board's Budget and Finance Committee on Friday met with the maintenance department in the final in a series of four budget meetings to develop the 2010-11 spending plan.

However, Superintendent Carol Boyce told the TIMES NEWS the figures that were discussed in the maintenance department's budget weren't applicable and were expected to change.

Over the past month, the committee had met with each of its building principals, as well as its technology, special education, and curriculum and instruction directors in an effort to craft next year's budget.

While no actual budget figure has yet to be determined, committee members have acknowledged that a tax increase of some sort is expected.

The board expects to adopt a preliminary budget in May, with final adoption scheduled for June.

Last year, the district adopted a budget for the 2009-10 school year that called for a 2.44 percent, or 1 mill, increase.

The $25,488,593 spending plan raised the millage rate from 41 to 42 mills. That meant a person who owned a $100,000 home, which was assessed at $50,000, paid $2,100, or $50 more, to the district in property taxes.

Prior to that, the last time the district raised property taxes was in the 2007-08 school year, when it passed a budget with a 2.5 percent increase.