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Trinity Standard - Local News
Stories Added - December 2009
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Tax update presented to TISD board
Trinity Standard - December 2009

TRINITY – An update on the current tax levy as well as changes in the school day trip meal policy were reviewed Monday night by the Trinity School Board.
During the meeting, the board met with Susan McKinley, chief appraiser for the Trinity County Appraisal District to receive a report on the district current tax levy.
McKinley told the board that despite a slight drop in the district’s tax rate, the total amount of taxes levied by the district this year was up by $400,000 over last year.
“That’s a pretty nice increase because we didn’t do a major reappraisal last year,” McKinley said.
The increase was attributed to minor increases in property values as well as new property being added to the tax roll.
“In 2010 we will be doing a major reappraisal and the local values are expected to go up. We’re having to do this because the state is saying our values are too low,” she told the board.
McKinley noted that despite reports of falling property values in other parts of the state and nation, locally recent sales indicate Trinity County values are not dropping.
“We are not seeing as many sales as we normally do, but in the ones that we do see, the values are not dropping,” she told the board.
In other business, the school board approved changes to its meal reimbursement policy based on recommendations from Superintendent Dr. Bobby Rice.
In the past, the district only reimburses staff members for meals on overnight trips. Meals purchases on day trips in which staff members left and returned on the same day were not covered by the school.
Under the new policy, the school will pay for meals when the staff member is gone for at least six hours beginning Jan. 1. The limit for payment is $6 for breakfast, $12 for lunch and $18 for dinner and the staff members must submit itemized receipts.
Rice noted that under Internal Revenue Service (IRS) guidelines, schools are not allows to reimburse for some items such as alcoholic drinks. In addition, IRS rules require that meal reimbursements for day trips be reported as income which means the staff members will have to pay federal taxes on the totals.
In other business, the school board:
• Accepted the resignation of special education teacher Karen Spurlin.
• Offered contracts for the remainder of the school year to special education teacher Joe McCammon and math teacher Patricia Allbright.
• Received reports on the school math and science programs, the career and technology education department, the athletic department, the special education services and the food service.
• Voted to call a school board election for May 8.

 

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