East Lycoming School District may see small tax hike

HUGHESVILLE – The East Lycoming School Board passed a preliminary 2013-14 budget at its meeting Tuesday night that calls for a 0.67-mill increase on property taxes, to 12.45 mills.

“I want to emphasize the preliminary in this budget,” said Business Manager David Maciejewski. “This was put together before the governor’s plan came out, so some things will be changed.”

The preliminary budget anticipates an increase of $683,221, or 3.38 percent, over the 2012-13 budget. Mandatory increases in wages, retirement contributions and cyber school tuition will total $964,000 in 2013-14.

“We’ve minimized the increases by reductions in other areas,” Maciejewski said. “The administration and board has the intent to reduce the final tax increase to about 0.25 of a mill.”

The earned income tax and real estate transfer tax are anticipated to remain at 1.2 percent and 0.5 percent, respectively.

In other business, the board approved a course of studies for the junior high and high school that adds an Advanced Placement U.S. government and politics class, an environmental science course and some changes to the art program, including bringing back stained glass work.