2009-07-02 / Front Page

FR Adopts One Mill Tax Increase

Board split on finance matters; budget still adopted
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz STAFF WRITER

Adamantly opposed to the tentative budget for the upcoming 2009-10 school year as well as a proposal to raise real estate taxes, three members of the Forbes Road School Board found themselves slightly outnumbered as both matters were adopted last Tuesday during a special meeting.

Board members Deonna Carmack, Kirby Shoemaker and Debbie Strait dissented during the 5-3 roll-call vote regarding the setting of millage rates and adoption of the general fund budget. Fellow board member Ed Brown, who had initially voted against the matter during the May board meeting, was unable to attend the June 23 gathering.

The general fund budget, as adopted, shows expenditures and revenues and other financing sources listed at $7,615,298. Real estate taxes to support the budget were accordingly levied at 33.63 mills, which includes a one mill increase from the current rate.

In addition, wage and profits taxes and real estate transfer taxes were set at 1 percent. Per capita taxes under Act 522 and 679 and occupation taxes were respectively set at $5 and $10.

In follow-up action taken by the board, board members Carmack, Strait and Karen Peffer were opposed to the adoption of the Taxpayer Relief Act and the property tax allocation resolution. Both issues involve the use of gaming funds. It was noted, however, the property tax allocation is subject to current county assessments with final approval given by the administration.

In looking at policy issues, multiple revisions were approved for the student handbook in the areas of grades, report cards and graduation requirements.

Under the category of personnel, the board accepted the resignation of longtime elementary teacher and former librarian Carol Strait. Strait's resignation was retroactive to June 15.

The board also conducted a 2-1/2-hour executive session to discuss personnel issues as well as legal matters and negotiations. No action was taken upon reconvening, but board President Terry Brant did publicly thank retiring Superintendent Dr. Merrill Arnold for his years of service and dedication to the district, taxpayers and children.

Upcoming teacher negotiations are listed as July 15 and August 12 at 4:30 p.m. The board's next work session will be held on July 28 with a follow up regularly scheduled meeting August 1. Both meetings will get under way at 7 p.m.

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