BASD plans tax hike

Increase would be first in three years

BELLWOOD — Bellwood-Antis School District residents will pay more in their real estate taxes for the first time in three years.

School board members on Tuesday approved a proposed final budget for the 2019-20 school year, which calls for an increase of 0.182 mills in real estate tax.

The spending plan calls for expenditures of $19,083,437 and revenues of $18,080,363, said Kimberly VanGorder, board secretary and business manager.

VanGorder said expenditures were up 3.1 percent and revenues were up 2.3 percent from the 2018-19 budget.

The budget will be balanced by using $1,003,074 from the district’s fund balance, VanGorder said.

“This increase will generate approximately $105,000. Millage would increase from the current 9.14 to 9.322. The increase per average parcel is proposed at $25.85 annually,” VanGord­er said.

There are no increases or decreases in the number of personnel proposed for the 2019-20 school year. Increases to the budget are the normal contractual increases, including sal­aries, retirement and health care, VanGorder said.

Superintendent Thomas McInroy said that an increase is needed after two years without one.

“Our revenues have stayed stagnant over the past few years and our expenditures have in­creased. The increase is just enough to maintain the programs. We cut about $100,000 out of the proposed budget. We should stay neutral for the forseeable future,” McInroy said. “No one likes to increase taxes, but this is what we need to do to maintain the programs we have in place.”

Final budget approval is scheduled for June 18.

Board members also agreed to transfer $1,000,000 from the general fund to the capital reserve fund for the future HVAC project at the high school/middle school.

In other action, board members approved the Greater Altoona Career and Technology Center budget in the amount of $10,164,864. The district’s share is $432,330, a decrease of $2,503 from 2018-19.

Mirror Staff Writer Walt Frank is at 946-7467.

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