Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

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April 25, 2014

Property taxes, lunch prices rising

Two decisions made by Batesville Community School Corp. trustees April 21 will impact taxpayers’ and school families’ wallets.

They decided to move ahead with at most $2 million in mechanical renovations at Batesville Primary School, built in 1990. The board adopted additional appropriation and bond resolutions.

The maximum rate for taxpayers is $.0382. The annual property tax impact: $100,000 home, $12.51; $150,000 home, $24.93; $178,900 home (BCSC’s median home value), $32.10; $200,000 home, $37.34; $250,000 home, $49.76; $100,000 rental or commercial property, $38.20; 1 acre of farmland, $0.78. The last two figures can be multiplied.

A wage hearing was scheduled for April 23. BCSC transportation and safety director Ed Krause, the Franklin County representative, and BCSC buildings and grounds director Tim Hunter were to attend. The bond sale is scheduled for May 1, according to superintendent Dr. Jim Roberts.

The federal government is requiring the school district to increase its 2014-15 lunch prices. The current $1.54 weighted average price must rise to $1.60, according to Roberts. He agreed lunch price hikes may be needed. “We are seeing expenditures go out faster than revenues. Maybe, healthier foods are a tad more expensive” due to more labor or higher costs.

Trustees voted that midday meals will cost a nickel more at three schools and a dime more at Batesville High School. Prices starting in August: BPS and Batesville Intermediate School, $1.40; Batesville Middle School, $1.55; and BHS, $1.90.

Batesville Educators Association President Dala Vonderheide asked, “Is there any consideration of the adult lunches? If you’re going to up it for the kids, you might as well for the adults.” Roberts will look into the idea.

Last month, board President Chris Lowery said, “I realize some children qualify for free or reduced (priced meals). Some families right above that threshold” will be hurt by increasing prices.

At this meeting, trustee Wanita Linkel wondered, “Do we see more kids packing (lunches) nowadays?” BMS and BHS participation rates have increased, while BIS and BPS rates have decreased slightly, according to the superintendent.

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