Proposed budget includes tax hike

HUGHESVILLE — The East Lycoming School Board approved the first reading of the 2019-2020 proposed final general fund budget at their meeting Tuesday night, which includes a .44 mill increase in real estate taxes. The budget will now be on display for 30 days prior to final approval next month.

The increase in the millage brings it to 14.38 with property owners paying $44 per year more for every $100,000 of assessed property value. Other local taxes include a 1.20 percent earned income tax and a .50 real estate transfer tax.

The balanced budget totalled $26,550,413 which is a 3.60 percent increase over the budget for the current school year. This can be attributed to a 2 percent increase in salary and wages as well as a 4.7 percent increase in the district’s contribution to the Pennsylvania School Employees’ Retirement System. The district is also expecting to see a 19 percent increase in Intermediate Unit Special Education services.

Based on the district’s five-year plan, $575,000 of committed fund balance will be used to offset the impact of the retirement system increase, which resulted in a budget deficit, the board noted.

In other business, the board approved the 2019-2020 Lycoming Career and Technology Center’s general fund budget totalling $2,257,089.

In other actions related to Lycoming CTC, the board approved a facility lease agreement and a purchase of services agreement for business and technology services.

The board also approved the awarding of a contract to Nutrition, Inc. to provide food services for the district for the upcoming school year. In conjunction with this, the board approved student lunch and breakfast prices at $1.00 for breakfast and $2.05 for lunch at the elementary level and $1.10 for breakfast and $2.15 for lunch at the secondary level. They noted that the prices are the same as the current school year.

Under personnel items, the board approved:

• the resignations of Beverly Magargle, food service worker and Raymond Aube, substitute custodian.

• the hiring of Barry Waldman as a full-time maintenance worker.

• the daily substitute teaching staff listing of BLaST guest teachers, Dylan Casale, Lynne Hopkins-Alvarez, Wendy Hunter, Margaret Merk, Alec Tallman and Maree VanStavoren.

Members present were: Richard Michael, Donna Gavitt. Lisa McClintock, Richard Bradley, Karen Berger and Robert Heckrote. Absent was Michael Mamrak.

The next meeting of the board will be at 7 p.m. May 28 at the district’s board room, 349 Cemetery St.

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