Palmerton Area School District has approved a tentative budget with a 2.8 percent increase in the property tax rate next year.
The school board, on an 8-0 vote on Tuesday, adopted the 2014-15 proposed preliminary general fund budget with a 1.44-mill increase. Director Barry Scherer was absent.
If granted final approval, the $28,698,457 spending plan would raise the property tax rate from 51.44 to 52.88 mills.
A person whose home is valued at $100,000, and assessed at $50,000, would pay $2,644, or $72 more in property taxes to the district next year.