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Resident speaks on school tax hike history

Anthony Kopack, a Whitehall resident, wasn’t shy about voicing his concerns regarding school tax increases.

During the Whitehall-Coplay School Board business meeting March 27, Kopack questioned the yearly increases in school taxes, then the lack of public participation regarding this matter.

Kopack spoke of his 28 years as a resident of the township.

“My taxes started at $956,” he said. “Twenty-eight years later, they are over $3,000.

“They go up approximately $100 a year,” he added.

Kopack admittedly did not pay much attention to how he was being taxed until recently, he said. Now that he has more awareness, the next step, he said, was to make his voice heard.

Kopack questioned where other concerned residents are and why they aren’t attending these meetings.

“They will complain everywhere else (about tax increases), but they aren’t here - and this is where it counts,” he said.

Kopack was being preemptive in his remarks. The school board noted it is still working on the next budget. Kopack was responding to what he anticipates happening again this year.

The board did direct him to attend the committee meeting because the budget will be detailed at that time. Board members are still discussing the final numbers.

The next school board committee meeting will be 4 p.m. April 11.