HOLGATE — The Holgate Local Schools Board of Education Tuesday approved the fiscal year 2022 tax budget.
Treasurer Kent Seemann reported the district’s total valuation decreased by approximately $2.3 million (2.9%).
“With that, you would naturally think that our estimated revenues are anticipated to decrease also, however, due to the effective rate of the millage ... our revenues are stated to increase by about $170,000 because they’ve adjusted the effective rate of the millage to help compensate for that,” Seemann explained.
Seemann said the agricultural (CAUV) valuation decreased by 33%, which is more than was anticipated. Residential values increased by around 13%.
“That helped offset it a little bit, but those are the two main items that ultimately affected our overall valuation decrease going into monies that will be collected starting in 2022,” he added.
In other financial matters, the board approved amending appropriations by $63,638 to the student wellness and success fund. That is funding provided by the state in the last budget.
Seemann said the district received a total of around $174,000, but he did not appropriate the full amount as it was unclear where the funds would be spent. Part of the funds will be used to pay for increase in charges from the Northwest Ohio Educational Service Center for a special education teacher in the middle school.
Seemann also reported on the annual meeting of the Henry County Budget Commission, and Holgate’s millage will remain the same as last year.
Seemann also noted the district has a 2.4% decrease in revenue for the first six months of the fiscal year compared to last year and that is due to budget cuts at the state level. However, he noted the expenditures are also down by around 1% due to lower purchased services.
Seemann also informed the board that one of the district’s bond levies will conclude in around four years and encouraged the board to start thinking about it.
“We’ll need to ... start thinking about what we want to do, whether or not we want to try to roll it into an operating (one) at that point in time, especially with the reduction in revenues that we’re seeing from the state,” he said.
The board also:
•Organized for the upcoming year. Greg Thomas will remain president, and Darlene Hoffman will continue as vice president. Committee appointments for 2021 will remain the same as last year. Bryan Post and Hoffman are on the Board Policy Review Committee, Adam Eis is the legislative liaison, Liza Schuller is the student achievement liaison and Thomas is on the audit committee. Board meetings will continue to be the third Monday of each month at 6 p.m. in the library.
•Approved a classified contract for Lisa Jones as an educational aide and recess aide, effective Jan. 4 through June 30.
•Approved substitutes through the Northwest Ohio Educational Service Center.
•Entered into a sales confirmation agreement with ENGIE Resources, LLC, for electricity consumption through December 2023. Seemann said the district started using the company last year and this is a continuation of that agreement for two more years.
•Approved a memorandum of understanding with the Holgate Teachers Association for remote learning. The MOU establishes work responsibilities and attendance expectations during periods of remote learning and the use of leave due to quarantine or isolation orders during in-person instruction for the 2020-21 school year.
•Approved the Ohio School Board Association Legal Assistance Fund in the amount of $250 and OSBA membership dues in the amount of $4,173.
•Approved the 2021-22 high school course registration booklet.
•Accepted the following donations: $25 from the Stefanie Eis family to Holgate FFA; two bullpens added to the softball field by Ric Howe; and $770 from an anonymous donor for new 1,000 point banners.
The board’s next meeting will be at 6 p.m. Feb. 15.