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Minersville Area school board approves no real estate tax increase

June 24, 2014

By Gabriella O'Grady, Republican & Herald, Pottsville, Pa.



June 24--MINERSVILLE -- The Minersville Area school board unanimously decided Monday that there will not be a real estate tax increase for the seventh year in a row in their 2014-15 budget.

Real estate taxes for 2014-15 year will remain at 38.67 mills. These taxes are paid based on half of a property's assessed value. Each mill equals $1 for every $1,000 of half the assessed value.

If a property has an assessed value of $100,000, and there are 38.67 mills, or $38.67 for each thousand, the amount of annual real estate tax is $1,933.50.

In addition to no tax increase, the district will also experience no layoffs, no program cuts and no athletic fees imposed on student athletes for the upcoming school year.

Revenues for the 2014-15 school year are projected at $15,742,425, with expenditures of $16,578,549. The fund budget will accommodate $836,124.

The 2014-15 athletic account budget will be $135,630. Last year's athletic budget was $132,775.

Superintendent Carl McBreen will sign a renewal for a 2014-15 insurance package with The Seltzer Group not to exceed $138,290, with an increase of 9.8 percent, up from 2013-14's $125,848.

In other business, the board approved the appointment of two new staff members. Peter Lotz was hired as a part-time custodial worker at a salary in accordance with the current collective-bargaining agreement, effective June 18. Elaine Chupick was hired as a cafeteria aide at the Llewellyn Elementary Center at $9.53 per hour for 20 hours per week.

The special education student count for the district will increase by 15 students this year, bringing the total number of students to 257.

A motion was also approved to discard 99 library books as obsolete textbooks for grades one through five in the elementary center library.

The board approved a six-week recreational program for Minersville girls soccer from July 1 through Aug. 15, two to three days per week in the morning or evening. Jeff Rinaldo will be the supervisor.

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