Pottsgrove Assistant Superintendent Dr. William Shirk talks during last Tuesday’s school board meeting with Directors Patti Grimm and Diane Cherico
POTTSTOWN PA – Passage of the Pottsgrove School District’s 2014-2015 final budget, with a 1.9-percent tax increase, was the headline-grabbing action last week of the Board of School Directors. But as in many things, clean-up details also matter, and board members attended to a number of those during their June 17 meeting as well.
They continued without change what are known as “nuisance taxes,” small revenue generators that can amount to millions of extra dollars; they designated the district’s official banks and tax collectors, and re-appointed the district solicitor.
Continued and unchanged taxes were a:
- One-percent tax on earned personal income;
- Per capita tax of $5, levied on all Pottsgrove district residents age 18 or older;
- Real estate transfer tax of 1 percent of a property’s purchase price; and
- Mercantile tax charged to business owners, at a rate of 1 mill to wholesalers and 1-1/2 mills to retailers.
Appointed as depositories, where the district will keep its money:
- Wells Fargo, Citizens, First Niagara, National Penn, and Fulton banks;
- Tri-County Federal Credit Union;
- Pennsylvania Local Government Investment Trust; and
- Pennsylvania School District Liquid Asset Fund.
Named as tax collectors for:
- Local services taxes, H.A. Berkheimer Associates, headquartered in Bangor PA, for Lower, Upper and West Pottsgrove townships;
- Earned income tax, Berkheimer, at a fee of 1.39 percent;
- Delinquent per capital taxes, Berkheimer, at fees permitted by law;
- Mercantile taxes, Berkheimer, at a fee of 3 percent; and the
- Real estate transfer tax, the Montgomery County (PA) Recorder of Deeds in Norristown, at fees established by law.
The law firm of Fox Rothschild was retained as solicitor, most often represented at board meetings by attorney Marc B. Davis, who is based in its Blue Bell office. Davis also is the solicitor for the Western Montgomery Career and Technology Center in Limerick, the Spring-Ford Area School District in Royersford and Montgomery County Community College, according to the firm’s website.
Directors also authorized Business Administrator to pay the district’s bills during July, and to prepare final transfers that will close out last year’s budget after its annual audit is completed. It also approved a calendar of board meeting dates for the coming year.
Related (to the Pottsgrove Board of School Directors’ June 17 meeting):
Related (to the Pottsgrove schools’ 2014-’15 budget):
- Pottsgrove Handles Post-Budget Clean-Up Details
- Pottsgrove Budget Final; Taxes Climbing 1.9 Percent
- Pottsgrove School Board: No cuts in recreation program (The Mercury, June 4, 2014)
- School Districts Prominent In PA Budget Scramble
- Pottsgrove School Board debates proposed technology plan (The Mercury, June 2, 2014)
- 5 Feet Could Make A Difference In Pottsgrove Bus Fleet
- Pottsgrove School Board trims tax hike to 2.31% (The Mercury, May 15, 2014)
- Cutting computer proposal could help lower tax hike says board member (The Mercury, May 4, 2014)
- Pottsgrove superintendent: Additional administrators needed (The Mercury, April 17, 2014)
- Pottsgrove schools chief wants to hire another $150,000 administrator (The Mercury, April 9, 2014)
- Pottsgrove 1-To-1 Computing Would Spike Tech Expenses
- Pottsgrove’s student computer plan hikes tech budget as much as 25% (The Mercury, March 13, 2014)
- Governor Ties Education Funding To Targeted Grants
- Post Poll Results: Let Pottsgrove Administrators Cut
- Post Poll: Who Should Make Budget-Cutting Choices?
- ‘Grove OKs Draft Budget, Which Means Little (It Says)
- Fund Restriction Kills A Plan To Reduce Pottsgrove Taxes