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Apollo-Ridge could vote to limit size of tax increase

| Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, 1:02 a.m.

The Apollo-Ridge School District could increase property taxes by up to 2.5 percent for the 2013-14 school year. The school board could vote Monday to not raise taxes any higher, if at all.

Making that proclamation will give the district more time to develop its budget for the next school year, Business Manager Jennie Ivory said at the board's committee meeting Tuesday night.

The state's taxpayer relief act, Act 1, sets an inflation-based limit for how much districts may raise property taxes without requiring approval by voters or exceptions from the state.

For 2013-14, the statewide base index is 1.7 percent, but the index is adjusted for each school district.

For 2013-14, Apollo-Ridge's 2.5 percent index would limit a tax increase to 2 mills in Armstrong County and almost 4 mills in Indiana County, should the board decide to raise property taxes, Ivory said.

In other business

• The school board could vote Monday on an agreement with Kiski Township for a police officer to be stationed at the school.

The district has been trying out the presence of a school resource officer since September, Superintendent Matt Curci said. The district is now paying $15.40 per hour for the officer, who is at the school weekdays eight hours a day. How much the officer would cost on an annual basis was not yet known, Curci said.

School board Vice President Forrest Schultz said the agreement with the township will be year-to-year.

“It's in our best interest to be proactive with the safety of the students and the staff,” Schultz said.

• Curci noted the recent death of former Apollo-Ridge math teacher and football coach Furman Curry Jr. of Apollo, who died Nov. 5 at 82.

A 1948 graduate of Apollo High School, he was a past president of the Apollo-Ridge School Board. He was a 1992 inductee of the Armstrong County Sports Hall of Fame.

Brian C. Rittmeyer is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-226-4701 or brittmeyer@tribweb.com.

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