DUBOIS – Brenda Reitz, assistant business manager for the DuBois Area School District, made a presentation on Wednesday night on the state-mandated tax study commission that the school district will need to form. The presentation was conducted for both the public and the DuBois Area School Board.
Reitz said the overarching purpose and potential benefits of the study will help districts to possibly lower homeowner taxes. Some of the ways the districts will be looking at this are through slot machine revenues, raising earned income tax, or residents adopting a personal income tax. State revenues from slot machines are taken from a 34 percent tax on slot machine revenues. Then state revenues plus local revenues will be used to offset real estate taxes.
The school board must appoint the tax study commission by Sept. 14. The deadline for the commission to recommend a ballot question for the upcoming primary is Dec. 13.
The commission will consist of five, seven or nine members, who must be a resident or taxpayer in the DuBois Area School District.
“The commission should represent community cross-section, and should reflect the socio-economic, age and occupational diversity of the school district to the extent possible,” said Reitz.
One school board member is allowed on the commission, but otherwise no district employee, official or relative can serve on the commission.
The commission will have open meetings, bylaws and officers. The commission has to hold a public hearing to present an abbreviated analysis of options and their impacts, and to solicit the public for input on a desired option.
DuBois area school district residents interested in serving on the commission should contact the DuBois area school district for more details.