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January 15, 2014

Shenango school board sets tax hike limit

NEW CASTLE — The Shenango school board has set a limit for a tax increase it could impose this year.

At its meeting this week, the board adopted a resolution indicating it will not raise the property tax for the 2014-15 school year above the 3 percent index set by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

The index is the percentage the district can increase the property tax without voter approval. However, it does not mean the district will increase the tax by that amount or at all, superintendent Dr. Michael Schreck said.

A 3 percent increase is equal to 0.37 mills and would generate $130,000 in revenue, Schreck said. The property tax is currently 12.36 mills.

The board also approved the borrowing of $2,469,330 from PNC Bank to cover building improvements. The 5 1/2-year loan will be repaid from the district’s capital reserve fund and will primarily cover the cost for replacement of roofs at the junior/senior high school and elementary school.

The board retained Anthony Ditka of Dinsmore & Shohl as bond counsel for the loan at a cost not to exceed $11,000.

The board awarded contracts for the projects in December.

Also at the meeting, the board:

•Hired Sean Data as a custodian at $9 per hour.

•Adopted the 2014-15 school calendar. The first day of school will be Aug. 25 and the last day will be June 4, 2015.

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