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B-A to keep taxes below threshold

BELLWOOD — Bellwood-Antis School Board members Tuesday approved a resolution to certify that the district will not increase any school district tax for the 2020-21 school year at a rate that exceeds the index of 3.7 percent as calculated by the state Department of Education.

“It is too early to determine what, if any, tax increase may be needed. However, we are sure that we will not need to go above the Act 1 index for the next school year,” said Superintendent Thomas McInroy. “A 3.7 percent increase would generate $209,870.”

Board members approved a 0.180 mill increase in the real estate tax for 2019-20, the first tax increase in three years.

In other action, board members also approved an agreement between the district and Logan Township for use of the township’s K-9 unit for drug detection in the district.

“Every school district in Blair County uses the K-9 and approves one of these agreements,” solicitor Carl D. Beard said.

Meanwhile, board members re-elected Robert Fisher as president and Jeffrey Nycum as vice president for 2020.

Jeffrey Plummer who had served on the board from 1999 to 2014 and Hope Ray, who were elected in the

Nov. 5 election, were administered the oath of office as well as Katherine Burch, Thomas Finn and Kevin Luensmann who were re-elected to four year terms.

Mirror Staff Writer Walt Frank is at 946-7467.

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