Pikeland expects levy increase under 5 percent for coming year

Posted: Nov. 15, 2012 9:34 am Updated: Dec. 6, 2012 12:14 pm

Herald-Whig Staff Writer

PITTSFIELD, Ill. -- Preliminary estimates show an increased in equalized assessed value in the Pikeland School District.

Superintendent Paula Hawley said estimates from the supervisor of assessments office show a 6 percent increase in the EAV used to help determine local tax revenue. A higher EAV means the district stands to generate more revenue at the same tax rate.

But Hawley said the district's levy, which will be adopted in December, will remain under a 5 percent increase over last year and won't require a truth in taxation hearing.

The School Board authorized Hawley Wednesday to prepare the levy for taxes payable in 2013 for the December meeting.

Last year's levy totaled $4,418,817, up $41,750, or less than 1 percent, over the previous year.

Hawley also wants to schedule a Finance Committee meeting in early December to look at the district's financial position. Finances at the state level "are not getting any better," Hawley said.

The district's financial report for the month showed it was 34.93 percent through the fiscal year and had spent 34.93 percent of the budget. That the figures matched "was just coincidental," Hawley said. "It looks like really good planning."

In other action, board members:

º Learned a new scoreboard is in place in the high school gym. Funding came through the district's beverage contract with Pepsi. Under the contract, Pepsi pays the district and provides equipment such as scoreboards. Principal Angie Greger said the district will not get a payment next year after applying those funds to the scoreboard.

º Heard that South Elementary was recognized by the Illinois State Board of Education for its Positive Behavior Intervention Support program. Both South and Pikeland Community Schools both report less office referrals thanks to the PBIS initiative.

º Named Hawley and Assistant Superintendent Gary Woods as hearing officers to review student suspensions when requested. The move, for one- and two-day suspensions, makes district policy more clear and should avoid bringing some discipline issues to the full board.

º Learned a five-day "Penny Wars" effort at PCS raised more than $1,100.