Lake-Lehman proposed final budget raises taxes 2.7 percent

June 9th, 2015 7:22 pm

First Posted: 5/12/2014

LEHMAN TWP. — The Lake-Lehman School Board on Monday passed its proposed nearly $27.9 million final budget for the 2014-2015 fiscal year.

The plan calls for expenditures of $27,874,790 and revenues of $27, 598,301 with a millage of 9.9656 mills on assessed valuation in Harveys Lake Borough, and Jackson, Lake, Lehman, and Ross townships in Luzerne County; and 47.3392 mills on the assessed valuations of real estate in the township of Noxen, in Wyoming County.

All other taxes as previously levied will remain in force.

If passed in its final state, the budget will include approximate tax increases of 2.7 percent.

CPA Tom Melone, of Melone Associates, said the proposed final budget is “non-binding” and that the final budget must be passed by June 30. The preliminary budget was passed in February.

In other matters:

-More than half of the 58 Lake-Lehman Future Business Leaders of America students who entered regional competition have advanced to the state level. The FBLA competition is composed of 50 categories of business-related topics and fields.

This year, a new category called Agri Business entered the competition. The category is specific to the demands of the agricultural business. \

District business education teacher Joan Alles praised the school’s FBLA program and said that its “highlight is competition.” Students in the program also “attend workshops and interface with business professionals,” said Alles.

Several of the district’s students have received honorable mention in the National Spanish exam. Senior Kelly Sweeney received the national bronze medal for Spanish 4.

The next noard meeting will be on June 16 at 7 p.m.