Bellwood-Antis School Board may increase taxes
Member: Athletic facilities need attention
BELLWOOD — Bellwood-Antis School Board’s streak of two years without a tax increase may be coming to an end.
Board members Tuesday approved a resolution to certify that the district will not increase any school district tax for the 2019-20 school year at a rate that exceeds the index of 3.3 percent as calculated by the state Department of Education.
A 3.3 percent increase would be about 0.3 mills of tax, said Kimberly VanGorder, business manager/board secretary.
“That doesn’t mean we will do that. This year we are looking at the budget hard to see what needs to be done moving forward. We will have $600,000 left behind. We are getting close to zeroing out. We need to give it more scrutiny than in the past. I can’t say there won’t be an increase,” Superintendent Thomas McInroy said.
Board member Kevin Luensmann, a member of the athletic/extracurricular activities committee, voted against the resolution.
He said the athletic department needs some attention.
Luensmann mentioned the need for a new track, new lights for the football stadium, new grass for the practice field and construction of a softball field as needing addressed.
“There is a lot of deferred maintenance within the athletic department. They are pretty expensive projects,” Luensmann said. “There will become a time things need to get done. Now would be the time to do it. We should raise taxes enough to cover these things.”
Board members will take a look at what needs to be done.
“We need to figure out what the needs are and develop a priority list. We need to try and chip away at things,” McInroy said.
Mirror Staff Writer Walt Frank is at 946-7467.