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June 10, 2014

Line Mountain school board holds line on taxes

MANDATA — For the third consecutive year, Line Mountain School District taxpayers escaped the budget season without an increase in property taxes.

At Tuesday night’s school board meeting, the eight attending members unanimously opted to keep the real estate millage at 70 for the 2014-15 school year, meaning property owners will still be taxed $7 on each $100 of assessed value.

In 2012, the school board actually lowered property taxes by 1 mill after seven consecutive years of increases.

President Troy Laudenslager credited the actions and decisions of the board over the last few years for putting the district in a position to keep the taxes the same.

That doesn’t mean it hasn’t been difficult, he noted.

The motion to adopt the $18.87 million budget with the zero-mill increase was made and seconded by directors Lawrence Neidig and David Scott Bartholomew, and it passed 8-0. Director Dennis Erdman was absent.

Additionally, insurance broker Nathan Troutman, of Deibler, Straub and Troutman, Elizabethville, recommended the board approve several insurance policies.

An insurance policy with Liberty Mutual was renewed in the amount of $63,264. The coverage includes property, general liability, school leaders, automobile, inland marine, crime, equipment breakdown and umbrella coverage.

The price dropped less than 1 percent, which is a savings of $3,733, due to the closure of the Leck Kill and Dalmatia elementary schools, Troutman said.

The board also renewed a worker’s compensation insurance policy with PICS/Amerihealth in the amount of $37,424.

The price increased 18 percent due to multiple claims last year, Troutman said.

The members also renewed the sports accident/student accident insurance coverage with AG Administrators/US Fire Insurance in the amount of $12,100. The price increased by $1,000 due to multiple claims, Troutman said.

The board tabled an environmental impairment liability policy, which would have cost $7,325, so Troutman could provide more information on what it covers.

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