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Montoursville Area School Board considers budget revenues

The Montoursvillle Area School District budget for next year appears to show a $300,000 revenue increase to put it at $30.5 million.

Business Manager Brandy Smith reported to the board that real estate taxes can be expected to bring in $12.1 million and earned income taxes another $3.6 million.

Smith told the board to be prepared to work with a budget that may bring no additional revenues from the present year in state funding.

Superintendent Christina Bason said she was happy to see an increase in earned income taxes revenues, a sign that many people in the district are working and even seeing pay increases with their jobs.

“This was really a surprise. I think it speaks to our district. I think it speaks to our community,” she said.

Board member Ron Snell said federal COVID-19 money distributed to businesses for sustained losses from the pandemic may have had something to with the earned-income tax increase.

“I think we have a lot of small businesses in our community that contribute and keep their employees hired,” he said.

Smith said the fund balance is expected to be at $3.6 million by the end of the budget year on June 30.

The board has the option of raising the real estate millage rate to help balance the budget.

In January, school directors voted to not exceed the Act 1 index.

By not exceeding the index, real estate taxes cannot be increased beyond a certain millage percentage before exceptions or a voter referendum.

The board will look at budget expenditures at its March 23 work session. A full review of the budget will take place April 27.

The final budget is expected to be passed June 8.

In personnel matters, the board approved the hiring of Connor Rutan as technical support specialist at $19.27 per hour for the rest of the school year. Upon successful completion of a probationary period, he will be retained in the position for the next school year at an annual salary of $37,000.

Sean Walker was approved as varsity girls track and field coach at a salary of $4,100.

The board accepted the resignations of Kama Bennett and Deanna Eisley as food service employees.

The board met in executive session prior to the meeting to consider legal matters.

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