Refunds on late fees available by notifying district

Montoursville Area School District residents who paid late fees for failing to pay their per capita taxes in a timely fashion must notify the school if they want to see refunds.

On Tuesday night, the school board voted unanimously to refund residents the $25 delinquent fee if they submit in writing such a request to the district within 30 days.

Many residents who live along state Routes 87, 864 and 973 reportedly did not initially receive mailings to pay the $10 per capita tax due to an addressing problem.

Once the tax notices were sent out again, they were notified of the $25 delinquent fee.

All told, about 170 people paid the fee to the tax collection agency, Statewide Tax Recovery, Sunbury.

The board had agreed last month to refund those residents.

In other matters, the board agreed to allow Loyalsock Township School District to use Montoursville’s track and field facilities through the year 2017.

Among those against the agreement was board member George Hagemeyer.

Hagemeyer noted that Loyalsock never paid back money it owed Montoursville and other school districts who are part of the Lycoming Technical Career Center.

He explained that after Loyalsock dropped out of the Career Center, it left Montoursville, Warrior Run, Muncy and Hughesville school districts holding the bag.

“I have a problem with this until they pay that bill,” he said.

Board member Dora Pioli said she agreed, while adding that it was past history.

“For me, it’s a no,” said Hagemeyer. “They need to pay all the school districts back.”

Loyalsock reportedly has rejoined the Career Center.

Hagemeyer and Paoli voted against allowing Loyalsock to use the track and field facilities.

Voting yes were Dale Ulmer, Tom McNamara, Ellen Stoner, James Bergen and Jill Kaplan. Scott Konkle and Jeff Schans were absent.

Under the agreement, Loyalsock will pay Montoursville $1,500 annually, plus $250 for each home track meet it holds at Montoursville. Loyalsock must also pay one-half the cost of jumping pits purchased and installed over the course of the agreement.

Paoli noted the recent passing of former school board member Jeannette Vargo.

Vargo, she noted, served “unselfishly on the board for 24 years.

“She was a remarkable woman,” Pioli said.

The board presented a high school diploma to Gerald Ault, who was unable to graduate with his class in 1944 due to World War II.

Kaplan, the daughter of Ault, made the special presentation.

She noted that her father enlisted in the Army-Air Corps, but couldn’t graduate because he had to report for duty in February.

“He had the credits to graduate,” she said.

Kaplan quipped that it was better late than never.

“My father had the misfortune to graduate in 1944,” she said.

Ault, who was present to accept the diploma, said he never expected to receive a diploma after all these years.