The Salisbury Township School District Board of Directors met Dec. 5 at the administration building, 1140 Salisbury Road.
Chief Financial Officer and Board Secretary Michael Taylor told the board he is working on the 2019-2020 budget. Regarding expenses, Taylor said salaries and benefits comprise 65 percent of the budget with salaries at 41 percent and benefits at 24 percent.
The increase in salaries comes at a cost of $460,000. Taylor said he is sure of one retirement but there could be more by the end of the year. Each retirement saves the district $40,000.
Salisbury Township has held the line on taxes for 2019.
The Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners voted 5-0 on no tax increase.
“There is no tax increase. It will remain at 2.2 mills,” Salisbury Township Manager Cathy Bonaskiewich said at the Dec. 13 meeting when commissioners unanimously approved the 2019 budget.
The township tax rate is to remain at 2.2 mills for 2019.
Based on the average township residential assessment of $200,000, the tax bill is $440.
When Mark Reccek was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, he began his treatment in the oncology department at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg, Bethlehem. The Marine was a fighter and wrote regularly for The Press newspapers.
While he was undergoing treatment, he was being cared for by his sister, Donna Kukor, of Bath. During his stints in the hospital, Reccek continued to write columns on the experiences he had during his treatment.
The 2019 Salisbury Township budget is expected to be on the agenda of the 7 p.m. Dec. 13 township meeting in the municipal building, 2900 S. Pike Ave.
The township tax rate is to remain at 2.2 mills for 2019. Based on the average township resident would be $440.
“I think this budget has the bare minimum,” Salisbury Township Director of Finance Paul Ziegenfus said at the Nov. 20 township meeting.
While no tax hike is expected, increases in service rates for township residents and businesses are expected.