VARDEN—The Western Wayne School District (WWSD) Board of Directors approved their tentative budget and proposed real estate transfer tax resolution for the 2018-2019 school year at their recent business meeting held Monday evening.

Seven of nine board members were present to vote that evening.

Each vote passed six yes to one no, with Director Gary Enslin supplying the dissenting vote for both.

Director Michael Ochlan was marked excused and Director Roger Shaffer, Jr. was marked absent Monday night.

Revenues and expenditures for next school year's tentative budget balance at $54,746,790 each.

Millage for next year is proposed to increase by 1.5 percent for a total of 16.9529.

A mill is $1 of $1,000 of assessed property value.

Given the proposed millage rate, a property valued at $100,000 would pay $1,695.29 in taxes to the district.

According to Board Secretary Rose Emmett, the median property value in WWSD is $134,000.

At the proposed millage, a homeowner whose property is valued as such would pay $2,271.69 in taxes.

In voting no, Enslin stated, “I'm going to say no because, with a fund balance of double what the state recommends, I don't see why we're asking for an increase in revenue.”

Director William Gershey reminded everyone Monday night, “This is the tentative budget, not a final budget and as Ms. Emmett has pointed out at our meeting last week, things could change depending on the information that comes from the state.”

In addition to the millage increase, the Board approved to reenact this year's real estate transfer tax for next year.

According to the legal add, this tax will be “$0.50 for every $100 of total value of every interest of every transfer of real property by deed with certain exceptions.”

Those interested can request to view the budget Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Office of the Secretary in the Administration Office, 1970C Easton Turnpike, Lake Ariel.

The budget will remain open for inspection until June 11, the planned date of budget adoption.

Paying the taxes

The Board appointed the following elected tax collectors to receive taxes for the district:

• Canaan Twp.—Linda Davis, 456 O'Connell Road, Waymart, PA 18472;

• Clinton Twp. #1—Marianne Thorpe, 1095 Belmont Turnpike, Waymart, PA 18472;

• Lake Twp.—Michele Valentino, 39 Bandits Lane, Lake Ariel, PA 18436;

• Salem Twp.—Marlene Yedinak, 135 Cemetery Road, Moscow, PA 18444;

• South Canaan Twp.--Paula Herzog, 467 St. Tikhon's Road, Waymart, PA 18472;

• Sterling Twp.--Cindy Hefty, 429 Sterling Road, PO Box 99, Sterling, PA 18463;

• Waymart Borough—Mary Bosshard, 39 Carbondale Road, Waymart, PA 18472.

Residents who pay the whole of their real estate tax within two months of receiving their notice will receive a two percent discount.

Payments made in full within two months after that will be at face value and payments in full made later than four months after their date of notice will receive a ten percent penalty.

Additionally, delinquent real estate transfer taxes will be subject to gathering interest.

According to the legal advertisement for the resolution, “The interest rate shall be the lesser of the interest rate imposed upon delinquent Commonwealth taxes as provided in Section 806 of the Act of April 9, 1929, as amended, known as 'The Fiscal Code', or the maximum interest rate permitted under the Municipal Claims and Tax Liens Act for tax claims.”