JSSD property owners to see slight tax increase

JERSEY SHORE — Homeowners in the Jersey Shore Area School District will see a slight increase in their real estate taxes for the upcoming year following a unanimous vote by the board. The meeting was livestreamed on the district’s YouTube channel Tuesday night.

The rebalanced rate for district homeowners set taxes at 18.3139 mills for Lycoming County and 13.5010 for Clinton County. These increases translate to $2.39 more for Lycoming residents and $4.10 for Clinton County.

The proposed final budget passed by the board shows a deficit just shy of $1.1 million according to Ben Enders, district business manager. Budgeted revenue for the 2020-21 is expected to be $42,444,902 and budgeted expenditures are coming in at $43.537,062.

Final approval for the budget will be at the board’s next meeting on June 8.

Enders also told the board that the state is looking at the allocation the district was provided for the homestead/farmstead program.

“I can tell you that the dollar amount for the 2020-21 school year is about $1,143,755,” he said. He noted that amount was about $3,000 less than the current year’s allocation.

He explained that district board managers were informed that the state believed there was an error in the calculation and that the amount of the allocation could be cut in half.

The homestead/farmstead program offers rebates on taxes to homeowners who apply and qualify.

Enders noted that the district has about 4,600 parcels that qualify for the program and have received on the average a $245 rebate. Enders said that amount could be cut in half for the upcoming year.

“I know this is not good news for our residents that this rebate will probably be going down,” he added.

In other business, it was announced by Dr. Ken Dady, the district’s assistant superintendent that bagged breakfasts and lunches will continue to be provided by district through the end of June. This item was also approved by the board.

Under personnel items, the board approved the non-contractual employee pay rates for the upcoming school year. The board also accepted the retirement of Paul Wagner, custodian at Salladasburg Elementary School.

Several bid awards and agreements were approved by the board. All bid awards were in accordance with bid specifications. They include:

— An Inter-governmental agreement between Intermediate Unit No. 17 and the district for shared special education services.

— Athletic ball & supply bid award/CSIU to various vendors for a total of $6,549.

— Custodial & maintenance supply bid award/CSIU to various vendors for a total of $10,326.

— Copy paper bid award to various vendors for a total of $25,695.

— Art supplies to various vendors for a total of $7,941

— General supplies bid award to various vendors for a total of $15,878.

— Computer supplies bid award to various vendors for a total of $127.

The board also approved an engagement letter with Baker Tilly Virchow Krause LLP for the required financial audit of the district’s financial records for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2020 at a cost of $34,500.

A contract between the district and UPMC Williamsport doing business as UPMC Pediatric Rehabilitation for physical therapy services for the upcoming fiscal year was approved by the board.

According to a list provided by Steven Keen, principal at the High School, 168 students are slated for graduation this year. The board approved the list of graduates.

In his report, Dady said that plans for graduation were moving forward as planned, but could be adjusted if the district moves into the governor’s Green Phase. Graduation is scheduled for June 6.

Board members present were: Craig Allen, Nancy Pietroski, Wayne Kinley, Mary Thomas, David Becker, Patrice Doebler, Michelle Stemmler, Angela Grant and Harry Brungard.


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