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Montoursville school taxes likely to go up

May 14, 2008
Montoursville Area School District homeowners will absorb a tax hike under next year’s proposed final budget, passed on a preliminary basis by the board Tuesday night.
The .69 real estate mill increase is needed to fund possible upcoming projects, including the renovation of school buildings, according to business manager Robert Saul.

“We are trying to put the pieces in place,” he said.

A special meeting is set for Thursday night at Loyalsock Valley Elementary School to consider possible options for closing that school and renovations throughout the district.

The proposed 12.72 millage rate represents the maximum figure allowed under the 5.8 percent index rate approved by the board late last year.

The $25.5 million budget represents a balanced plan and includes a $2.5 million surplus, Saul noted.

Under the tax increase, a property owner with a home having an assessed value of $100,000 would pay an additional $69 per year.

However, the district is receiving $514,873 in property tax relief from state gaming revenues.

The board is expected to pass the final budget June 10.

In a personnel matter, the board approved the hiring of Kurtis Kunze as assistant business manager at $40,000 per year.

Kelly Pittenger was approved as summer recreation director at $15.97 per hour and Kendra Boyles as an assistant at $10 per hour.

The board approved graduation for all seniors who meet state and district requirements.

Commencement is set for Thursday, June 5 at 7 p.m. in Memorial Stadium. Baccalaureate ceremonies are June 1 at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium.

The board passed a resolution to join other school districts in the School Counts program beginning in the 2008-09 school year.

School Counts is used to provide job-securing incentives for students through positive habits developed in school with regard to attendance, punctuality, good work habits and positive behavior.

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