3 local school districts looking to raise taxes

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Each Monday, the Sun-Gazette summarizes major votes of the past week and, more specifically, how our locally elected and appointed officials voted on each matter. Watch for it each Monday in the Sun-Gazette.)

Locally elected and appointed officials voted on the following matters in the past week:

Federal

• The U.S. Senate voted 52-46 to confirm Rachel L. Brand, of Iowa, to be Associate Attorney General. Voting yes was U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Zionsville. U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Scranton, voted no.

• The U.S. House of Representatives voted 229-177 to pass a bill that amends the federal criminal code to authorize a probation officer to arrest a person without a warrant if there is probable cause to believe the person forcibly assaulted or obstructed a probation officer engaged in the performance of official duties. Voting yes were U.S. Reps. Tom Marino, R-Cogan Station, and Glenn “GT” Thompson, R- Howard.

State/County

• The state Senate and House of Representatives did not vote this week and the Lycoming County commissioners did not meet this week.

School District

• Muncy School Board voted 8-0 to raise taxes by 0.75 of a mill, from 14.5 mills to 15.50 mills, in the next school year. Voting for the increase were board members Mary Bennardi, Connie Coyner, Ty Fry, Scott McLean, Rhondel Moyle, Justin Reis, Robert Titman and Sarah Woodward. Lisa Sleboda was absent.

• Loyalsock Township School Board voted 6-1 in favor of a proposed spending plan for next year that raises the real estate tax millage by 0.25. Voting yes were Maureen Carey, William P. Carlucci, Christina L. Kiessling, Paul R. Watson II, Shiela Yates and John Raymond. Edward H. Ade voted no. David P. Hornberger and Paul R. Young II were absent.

• Montgomery Area School Board approved what will amount to a $48 tax hike for every $100,000 of a home’s assessed value to support the district’s proposed general fund budget for 2017-18. The action raises school property taxes by 0.48 of a mill, bringing the total tax rate to 14.86 mills. The increase is within the limits of the district’s Act 1 tax index. The proposed budget for the 2017-18 school year is $16,283,089, a 2 percent increase over this year’s budget of $15,963,652. The board will vote on the final budget at its June meeting.

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