Business taxes for schools are going up in the Irmo-Chapin area.
The Lexington-Richland 5 school board approved a tax hike earlier this week that will enable it to use less savings to operate classrooms.
The tax increase is $34 per $100,000 of commercial property.
It will generate $1.2 million, reducing the amount taken from savings to $2.2 million during the current academic year, school officials said.
Retiring Superintendent Herbert Berg recommended the increase, saying it is important to conserve savings amid a steady decline in state aid.