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City approves score board contract, school boards look at budgets

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

Federal

• The Senate voted 57-43 in favor of a resolution impeaching former U.S. President Donald John Trump for high crimes and misdemeanors. U.S. Sens. Robert Casey, D-Scranton, and Pat Toomey, R-Zionsville, voted yes.

• The House was out of session.

State

• The Senate was out of session.

• The House was out of session.

County

• Lycoming County commissioners voted 3-0 to table a motion for extending an agreement with MCM Consulting Group, Inc. Commissioners Rick Mirabito, Scott Metzger, and Tony Mussare voted to table the motion.

Municipal governments

• Williamsport City Council voted 7-0 to approve a $628,000-plus contract with Daktronics to install a video scoreboard at Bowman Field. Council voted to approve $875,000 in street contracting work to Glenn O. Hawbaker Inc.

School Districts

• The Williamsport Area School District’s finance committee has begun work on the budget for the 2021-22 school year. “We’ve started our work on the budget,” Superintendent Dr. Timothy S. Bowers said. Bowers added that the committee also talked about projects through the summer and we talked a little about the feasibility study and where the district is headed with that process.

• Although it’s still in the preliminary stages, the budget

figures for the East Lycoming School District revealed a possible .58 increase in the real estate millage for the 2021-22 fiscal year. With this increase, the district’s millage would be increased from 14.38 to 14.96 and residents could expect to see an extra $58 per $100,000 of their property’s assessed value, added to their tax bill. The proposed general fund budget of $26,747,820 reflects a total increase of $647,700 or 2.59 percent over the 2020-21 budget.

The main drivers of the proposed increase in the real estate rate for district property owners, according to Burke, are: salaries and wages, $252,594, up 2.29 percent from 2020-21; PA school retirement system contributions, $104,840, up 2.79 percent from 2020-21; debt service for prior bond issues, $192.979; and facility maintenance project reserve, $125,000. The final budget is expected to be approved in May.

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