Loyalsock school board cuts proposed tax increase in half | News, Sports, Jobs

The Loyalsock Township School Board at its meeting this week approved a proposed final budget for next year that includes a real estate tax hike of 0.25 mills.

With that tax increase, the district would still face a $723,000 budget deficit, although dollars from the fund balance could help make up the difference.

“We had a good surplus last year,” District Business Manager Dan Eggly said. “We could use it to offset the tax increase.”

“We certainly feel comfortable with 0.25 mills now,” Superintendent Gerald McLaughlin said.

However, he noted that he wouldn’t want budgets for successive years to include deficits.

Egly said the makeup of the budget could change before the board is scheduled to approve a final plan June 15.

Overall, the $26.2 million spending budget is not much different from the one proposed last month, he noted.

At that time, a 0.50 mill tax increase was being considered.

A tax hike of 0.25 mills would mean an additional $25 per year for homeowners with properties having an assessed value of $100,000.

Egly noted that the increase would bring the district’s overall millage rate to 15.35, the lowest of all districts in the county.

In other action, the board approved a revised construction administration fee of $203,500 with Marotta/Main Architects, Lancaster, to cover additional services for the district’s buildings project.

The board also approved an engineering design services proposal of $17,500 with Smith Miller Associates, Pittston, for the project’s mechanical, electrical and plumbing services.

In personnel matters, the board approved the hiring of Kristin Lambert as a special education teacher for the next school year.

The board also approved the hirings of Phillip Murphy as a custodian and Brian Mitchell as a school van driver.

The resignation of Catherine Spotts, food service employee, was accepted by the board.

The board approved contributions not to exceed $4,000 each for students to attend the Odyssey of the Mind Competition World Finals Competition and the VEX Robotics World Championship Competition.

The board will next meet Wednesday, May 25.

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