Taxes increasing, staff positions eliminated in Line Mountain School District

MANDATA – A lot of maneuvering for the Line Mountain School District to balance its budget for next school year. The Daily Item reports during Tuesday’s public meeting, the Line Mountain School Board unanimously approved to increase taxes and eliminate five staffing positions for next school year’s budget.

In the draft budget, property taxes are increasing by 2.45 mills to 77.36, representing over $176,000 in revenue toward the nearly $20 million spending plan.  Two elementary teaching positions filled by Jenna Fisher and Michelle Cortelyou will be eliminated at the end of this school year. Two retiring custodians and a retiring administrative assistant will also not be replaced.

Board President Troy Laudenslager told The Daily Item he’s “nervous” about future budgets. He says there was no other choice but to raise taxes by the highest amount allowed by law for this budget.

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