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June 5, 2014

Shikellamy superintendent explains need for tax hike

SUNBURY — Shikellamy School District Superintendent Patrick Kelley spent the better part of half an hour at Thursday night’s school board work session explaining why a 2.25-mill tax increase is necessary to balance the proposed $41.6 million 2014-15 budget.

A final vote on the spending plan is scheduled for the June 17 board meeting. A 2014-15 budget must be adopted by June 30.

The driving forces behind the call for a tax increase are sharp increases in mandatory pension fund payouts, health care increases and the higher costs of construction materials and equipment, he said.

“We’ve called for an increase of 2.25 mills, so let me explain exactly what that means,” Kelley said.

In the Shikellamy district, the household median assessed value is $16,600, he said. A 1-mill property tax increase would mean an increase of $16.60 per household per year. The 2014-15 increase is proposed at 2.25 mills, or $37.35 per household per year.

The proposed budget and the possible elimination of two administrative positions will be considered during a meeting June 12 in the Island Park Administrative Office.

Before the work session began, board President James Hartman introduced Amber Murphy, next year’s student representative on the school board.

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