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Proposed Minersville School Budget Calls for Property Tax Increase

Health insurance rates up 16% in a year, Business Manager says.

The proposed budget for the 2024-25 term at Minersville Area School District calls for a hike in property taxes.

Last week, Minersville Area school board members approved a tentative $24.5 million budget with a 1.5-mill increase in property taxes.

If property taxes are proposed to be 1.5 mills higher, it means that for every $1,000 of your property’s assessed value, you will pay an additional $1.50 in taxes.

Here is a table showing what the new tax rates might be in Minersville for property valued at $10,000, $25,000, $50,000, and $100,000.

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Assessed Property Value ($)2023-24 Millage Rate (45.79)Proposed 2024-25 Millage Rate (47.29)

How to Calculate the Tax Rate on Your Property

To calculate the tax rate for your Minersville Area School District property, multiply the assessed value by 47.29 and then divide by 1,000.

For example, for a property assessed at $45,500:

  • Proposed 2024-25 Millage Rate: (45,500/1,000) ∗ 47.29 = $2,150.70

Why the Proposed Property Tax Hike in Minersville?

The reason Minersville Area is looking to raise taxes for the next school term is simple, according to Business Manager Brittany Doyle.

Doyle explained to The Canary last week that expenditures are expected to rise 3% over the 2023-24 term. However, revenues are only expected to increase – through the property property tax hike – by 1%.

“That’s operating on a lean budget,” Doyle told The Canary last week.

The biggest jump in cost for the district is employee health insurance. Doyle said that’s gone up by 16% in a year. Salaries and benefits are the biggest part of the budget, she added.

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Another factor is cyber schooling costs, Doyle said. Last school term (2022-23), the cost to the district was $1.75 million. She expects the cost for the 2023-24 term to be more than $2 million by June.

The district is hoping it can reduce this expense for 2024-25 by bringing students back to in-person learning or have them enroll in Minersville’s own virtual academy.

“I’m hoping we can have more students report to the school next year and have in-person or, if not, try our virtual academy here,” Doyle said.

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  1. Coalregion12

    May 29, 2024 at 11:16 am

    It’s time for the state to seriously think about merging the school districts. This would help to lessen Administrative costs. Also, building and maintenance costs would be lower if instead of having 2 to 3 schools in a district(elementary thru high school) there would be just 2 schools for 2 to 3 merged districts.
    PA did this in the 60s. With enrollment dropping at most of these local school districts, this is the only solution.

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