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No tax increase for MASD next school year

By Dan Miller danmiller@pressandjournal.com
Posted 6/21/17

Property owners in Middletown Area School District don’t have to worry about a tax increase in 2017-18.

The school board during its June 19 meeting voted 9-0 for final approval of a $45 …

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No tax increase for MASD next school year

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Property owners in Middletown Area School District don’t have to worry about a tax increase in 2017-18.

The school board during its June 19 meeting voted 9-0 for final approval of a $45 million district budget for 2017-18 that for the third year in a row calls for no increase in the property tax.

The budget that the board tentatively adopted in May had proposed a 1.23 percent increase in the property tax. The increase would have added $27.15 to the tax bill for an owner of property assessed at $100,000.

But changes the district has made to the spending plan since May have eliminated the need for any tax increase, district CFO David Franklin told the board.

The administration is launching a new initiative in 2017-18 to bring the alternative education program in house. Until now the district has been contracting with outside agencies, to handle issues related to those students who are unable to succeed academically in a traditional classroom setting.

Bringing alternative education in house will save an estimated $180,000 a year and is “by far the biggest contributor to the district not having a tax increase” in 2017-18, Franklin told the board on June 13.

Other changes that Franklin noted before the June 19 budget vote that also contributed to getting rid of the property tax increase included reducing workers compensation insurance costs by $31,000, and a projected increase of $49,000 in earned income tax collections for 2017-18.