Income tax passes for Bettsville

Voters approved a five-year, 1-percent income tax for Bettsville Local School District, according to unofficial results Tuesday.

The income tax, which failed in November, is to be used to maintain current operating expenses. Voters passed the tax 112-98.

“This is a great day for our school district,” Superintendent Gregg Pettit said. “Our district needed to pass this tax. We are very pleased for the levy committee and the community for supporting our schools.”

The tax would generate $220,000 annually. A person making $25,000 a year would pay $250, or 68 cents per day.

Pettit said it would only cost as much as a cup of coffee.

“We were getting down to the wire with our operating funds every year. This will allow us to operate our schools and provide the course work and services for our students,” he said.

Pettit said cuts still will be made to remain fiscally sound, but he is happy.

“We are providing the best education possible,” Pettit said. “The future is looking up for us.

“A big thank-you goes out to the voters and to the community for coming through for our kids. We appreciate it and now we can give back.”