Pikeland pushes back window work, pushes up levy

Posted: Dec. 19, 2012 10:56 pm Updated: Jan. 9, 2013 11:15 pm

Herald-Whig Staff Writer

PITTSFIELD, Ill. -- The Pikeland School District's financial picture has board members pushing up the tax levy and pushing back life safety work at two buildings.

Board members Wednesday agreed to postpone window replacement work planned for this summer at Pittsfield High School and South Elementary School.

Postponing the work is a good option "with finances the way they are now," Superintendent Paula Hawley said.

Hawley said because the district already has done some window work at both buildings, it can shift additional work to the next life safety survey.

"We will do a new life-safety survey next year," Hawley said.

The district's outstanding life-safety bonds, used to fund work required by the 10-year surveys, will be repaid in December 2017.

"That will be a really good time to start doing these projects," Hawley said.

Board members also approved a $3,536,500 levy for taxes payable in 2013.

The levy increased 4.4 percent, or roughly $149,000, over last year.

Most of the increase came in the education fund, "where we're not getting our money," Hawley said.

As of Wednesday, Hawley said the state owed the district $367,000 in several areas, primarily in the education fund, and the fund spend $400,000 more than it took in the past month.

The levy seeks $1.9 million in the education fund, the maximum tax levy for the fund, Hawley said, but the levy decreased by about $30,000 for Social Security expenses because of the amount of cash on hand in the fund.