Upper Township adjusted their new school budget at their Monday night public hearing and it was unanimously approved. The Upper Township Gazette reports that the school board chose to defer $442,000 in maintenance to the district’s three facilities, a move that reduced the tax hike by 38 percent. According to Superintendent Vincent Palmieri, the reduction in spending was the “banked cap” that the district was allowed to add to the new budget, based on last year’s zero tax increase. Upper Township has up to three years to use the 2 percent cap in future budgets. The new budget represents 3.2 cent property tax increase, or an extra $109 for an average valued home in Upper Township.