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Muncy School Board considers tax increase

The Muncy School Board is considering a slight increase in real estate taxes to help balance next year’s budget.

Business Administrator Andrew Seese told the board at its meeting this week that as much as a 0.20 mill increase may be needed to help make up revenue shortfalls.

Some school directors indicated that they don’t favor a tax hike, while others agreed it might be necessary.

The district’s current millage rate stands at 16.72.

The board has already voted not to exceed the index for raising taxes.

Any tax hike to bring the millage rate beyond 17.53 would exceed the index.

“If we stay at the current millage, it will actually be a reduction in revenues of about $91,000,” Seese said.

Seese there remain questions on how much funding the district will receive from the state and federal governments.

“There are still many unknowns to this budget,” he said. “I am concerned about going another year without a tax increase and then having to raise taxes later and exceed the index.”

Seese said a tax hike may be needed for long-term financial sustainability.

For a property owner with a home having an assessed value of $100,000, a 0.20 mill increase would mean an additional $20 annually in real estate taxes.

Board members Kim Walker and Joseph Earnest said they would not support a tax hike.

“I know me personally I wouldn’t pass a tax increase,” board member Scott Johnson said.

Others said they might support a tax hike of just 0.10 mills.

The board is expected to pass a final budget in June.

In personnel matters, the board approved Emily Groshek as s secondary mathematics teacher for the next school year and Robert Houseknecht as an accountant at a salary of $47,500.

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