Apartment Boom in Lower Merion Brings More Students and Tax Hike for Property Owners

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The apartment boom in Lower Merion Township is bringing more students to the area, forcing a tax hike on property owners for costly school building plans.--photo via Philly.com

As the fastest growing district in the Philadelphia suburbs, Lower Merion Township has already encountered hefty tax hikes over the last decade to the tune of over 50 percent due to the growing number of children, writes Kathy Boccella for Philly.com.

This has required the construction of new high schools, and more is on the way. The school district is now considering additional building renovations and expansions, hiring 52 more teachers and possibly a new middle school.

Administrators have already concluded from recent demographic studies that the student population will peak at around 9,200 by the 2020-21 school year, which is 900 more than now.

Lower Merion school board is now trying to decide how to accommodate the next decade of growth, while at the same time dealing with a property-tax revolt led by Gladwyne lawyer Arthur Wolk.

“If you talk to Realtors, is that it’s becoming harder and harder for a young couple with kids to buy a house in Lower Merion because of the school taxes,” said Wolk.

Read more about the Township’s plans at Philly.com by clicking here.

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