Members of the board of education approved a new Senior Tax Policy at their December meeting which will provide different exemptions for residents 62 and older and approved a daily rate increase for substitutes.
“After many months of discussion and review, we are bringing the Senior Tax Policy to the board for a vote,” said superintendent Dr. Michael Duncan. “This does create another tier for citizens with and without income eligibility requirements to provide some tax relief for our senior citizens.”
The Senior Tax Policy provides an exemption for all citizens 70 and older of $50,000 with income eligibility and $20,000 without. For citizens 62 and older, income eligibility is required for exemptions up to $20,000, for citizens 65 and older, income eligibility is required for exemptions up to $30,000, for citizens 70 and older, income eligibility is required for exemptions up to $50,000. The tax cut for seniors is expected to impact the school’s M&O budget by $179,679 or .33 and the school’s bond by $29,661 or .05.
The modification to and addition of age and income exemptions must now be approved by the county commission and submitted to Representative Beth Camp for introduction into local legislation. The changes will not go into effect until the General Assembly approves the measures. Exemptions, if approved by the county commissioners and the General Assembly, will go into effect in 2023.
The substitute increase would be from $75 per day to $120 per day for certified teachers, $60 to $100 for non-certified substitutes. Board members were presented with the pay scale for other counties, showing that their rates were among the lowest when compared to seven other counties. The increase went into effect Jan. 1.
School board members also approved 2022 board meeting dates, job description revisions for the deputy school superintendent, media center paraprofessionals and social workers. They also approved the proposed redistricting map which was submitted to the state.