The Dallastown Area School Board made it abundantly clear it is serious about not raising taxes for a third year in a row.

As a first step, at Thursday's meeting the board agreed to not raise property taxes above the state limit of 2.1 percent.

Each school district has to decide by the end of January whether it wants to exceed its state limit or seek exceptions, with Dallastown deciding it feels comfortable not going above 2.1 percent for the 2013-14 budget year.

And Dallastown residents should feel confident taxes won't even go that high, said Ronald Blevins, who oversees the budget committee.

"It is not an indication that we are proposing any kind of tax increase at all," Blevins told the audience of the resolution.

In fact, the board is "trying to avoid" any tax increase, Blevins said.

Blevins has previously said Dallastown is in good enough financial shape to likely avoid any tax increase for a third year in a row, thanks to higher-than-expected revenue.

In other action, the Dallastown Area Education Foundation got a $10,000 gift from Vietnam veteran William Shultz, according to Superintendent Ronald Dyer.

Dyer said the Dallastown Area Military Memorial Visitation Fund is specifically for the foundation to fund student trips to military memorial sites so students can appreciate the sacrifice of veterans.

The community is invited to donate to the endowment as well, Dyer said.

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