The projected 2013-14 budget for the Moon Area School District is getting closer to being on target, with a difference between budgetary requests and projected income of about $585,000.
The projected $63.7 million budget currently calls for a tax increase that would result in property owners paying an additional amount of about $35.58 per $100,000 valuation of property, Alan Bennett, director of school and fiscal services, said Monday night during a presentation to directors.
Due to new property assessments performed at the county level, the district has to adjust its property tax rate so that the district does not collect more than 5 percent in additional real estate erevenue.
Currently, the property tax rate is 21.3 mills. The proposed rate after passage of the budget in June would be 18.15 mills.
Mr. Bennett will make a presentation on the proposed budget April 30 during a town hall meeting hosted by the district for residents of Crescent and Moon.
Participants will be able to attend three of the six 45-minute presentations offered on these topics: the 2013-14 budget; the Whale Done positive reinforcement program; parental strategies for student success; trends in teenage drug and alcohol use; Internet safety; and common core curriculum.
The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in the high school, University Boulevard, Moon.
• Directors are considering selling memorial name blocks or bricks to help defray cost of a 35-foot wall to be built along the main entrance to the high school.
The cost of the wall is estimated at $13,000.
The main entrance near the principal's office is paved with asphalt and does not match the entrances of the high school or middle school.
The cost to complete the entrance with brick pavers in a herringbone pattern, a 35-foot wall, landscaping and removing the asphalt is estimated at $72,825.
The cost of the project without the pavers and using concrete would be approximately $33,048.
Sonja Reis, freelance writer: firstname.lastname@example.org.