B-A won’t raise taxes beyond index

BELLWOOD — Bellwood-Antis School Board members Tuesday approved a resolution to certify that the district will not increase any school district tax for the 2018-19 school year at a rate that exceeds the index of 3.4 percent as calculated by the state Department of Education.

That means the highest the board could increase taxes would be 0.31 mills, said Kimberly VanGorder, business manager and board secretary.

Board members held the line on taxes for the 2017-18 school year after increasing the real estate tax in 11 of the previous 12 years.

Superintendent Thomas McInroy said he can’t predict whether or not there will be a tax increase for 2018-19 but is hoping to avoid an increase.

“It is too soon to know what next year will look like for a tax increase or if an increase will be needed,” McInroy said. “We are working hard not have an increase, but we won’t know until later in the school year. This past school year we added items to the budget that were essential, which will have a minimal impact to the budget process but an impact all the same.”

Meanwhile, board members unanimously re-elected Robert Fisher as president and Jeffrey Nycum as vice president for 2018.

Jason Lynn was administered the oath of office as he replaces Lisa Kovac, who did not seek re-election. She had served on the board since 2004.

Mirror Staff Writer Walt Frank is at 946-7467.