Loyalsock preliminary budget includes tax increase

Loyalsock Township School District approved its tentative budget for the upcoming 2018-19 school year, including a possible 0.30-mill real estate tax hike.

The budget, approved at a school board meeting Wednesday night, still could see changes before the final budget is voted on in June, according to Daniel Egly, the district’s business manager.

“It could look very different when it is a finished product,” Egly said.

The $23.42 million spending plan is a 3.44 percent increase from last year’s expenditures and will leave the district at a deficit of $486,511.

Under the proposed budget the millage for real estate tax would increase from 14.42 to 14.72 translating to a $60 tax increase for a home assessed at $200,000. Voting yes on the budget were Charles W. Edmonds, David P. Hornberger, Robert D. Leidhecker, John B. Raymond, Paul R. Watson II, Melvin E. Wentzel and Paul R. Young. Edward H. Ade Jr. voted no and Christina L. Kiessling was absent.

The board will see a proposed final budget during the next meeting on May 16.

In other news the board unanimously approved to:

• Appoint Brent Reinhart as a volunteer track coach for the 2017-18 season.

• Accept the retirements of Sheila Riggs, reading teacher and Floyd Whitman, full-time custodian.

• Award a contract regarding the resurfacing of wood paneling in the high school auditorium to J&M Construction Specialty, Inc. at a cost not to exceed $9,000.

• Continue the elementary summer program and the summer school breakfast/lunch program.