New Castle News

December 7, 2012

Laurel board sets tax limit

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — The Laurel School Board has set a limit for a tax increase it could impose next year.

The board adopted a resolution this week indicating it will not raise the property tax for the 2013-14 school year above the 2.5 percent index set by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The index is the percentage the district can increase the property tax without voter approval.

Laurel’s property tax is currently 12.49 mills.

Laurel business manager Mary Kosek said passage of the resolution does not mean the board will increase the tax by 2.5 percent or by any amount.

The state requires school districts to indicate whether they plan to stay within the index or to seek an exception to exceed the index.

The board also:

•Hired Paparone, Stillwagon and McGill as the district auditor for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 school years. The firm’s fee is $13,355 for each year.

•Hired Laura Boyd as a substitute teacher for the second semester at a rate of $85 per day.

•Approved an agreement with the Human Services Center regarding tax exempt property it owns in Slippery Rock Township. The agency will pay the district $2,360.52 annually in lieu of school tax on the property.