EAST WHEATFIELD TOWNSHIP — The United school directors made good on their promise Tuesday to not increase taxes for district residents as they adopted the final budget for 2019-20.
The board voted 8-0 to approve a budget consisting of $21,957,814 in expenses, $21,667,203 in revenues and to borrow $290,611 from the district’s fund balance. Those amounts vary slightly from last month’s preliminary budget numbers, which called for expenditures totaling $22,056,635, revenues of $21,640,491 and $416,144 borrowed from the fund balance.
The tax rate remains at 11.156 mills.
The board also approved 8-0 the levying and assessment of two per capita taxes at $5 on each district resident 18 or older; a 0.85 percent wage tax, a 0.5 percent real estate transfer tax and a $5 local services tax authorized by the Local Tax Enabling Act. Directors also set the discount rate at 2 percent and penalty rate at 10 percent.
The 2018-19 Homestead and Farmstead Exclusion Resolution also was adopted, with the maximum real estate tax reduction amount applicable to each approved homestead and each approved farmstead as $195.87.
Director Sandra Mack was absent from the meeting.
In other business Tuesday, the board voted to:
• Authorize an agreement between the district and Vantage Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation to provide athletic training services for three years, at $18,000 annually, beginning the first day of the 2019 football camp and ending the last day of the 2019-2022 school years.
• Authorize the acquisition of a retrofit kit, including vinyl panels, play clocks and installation, for $17,925 from Institutional Specialties Inc. to replace the existing scoreboard at the high school stadium.
• Approve the acquisition of a full color outdoor marquee, including freight and installation, from OES Inc. for $15,200.
• Approve a five-year agreement between the district and Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13 at a cost of $9,594.90 per school year for the participation in the Microsoft Server Product Purchasing Group for the cost of licenses, utilizing budget funds.
• Retain S&S Flooring to resurface the high school auditorium stage and stairs for $9,975 and to repair floor damage at a cost of $95 per square foot.
• Authorize a three-year agreement with IXL Learning to purchase site licenses at a cost of $6,728 for 400 students in grades 7 through 9 (math and English language arts) and students in grades 10 and 11 (English language arts).