Ohio County Schools To See More Revenue in 2020-21

WHEELING — Ohio County Schools could see as much as $3.7 million extra in the general fund budget for tax year 2020-21, board of education members learned Monday night.

Steven Bieniek, business manager for Ohio County Schools, addressed the board during a unique meeting where board members participated by computer from their homes. An image of the computer screen then was streamed live publicly over Facebook.

Board President Zach Abraham and Superintendent Kim Miller facilitated the meeting from the central office, with members Sarah Koegler, Christine Carder, David Croft and Molly Aderholt at home.

Bieniek told the board the total assessed value of property in Ohio County has been set at $3,027,745,951 by the County Assessor’s Office.

Under the school district’s current tax rate of 95 percent, this would result in about $5,531,000 in extra revenue for Ohio County Schools, he said. At the same time, aid from the West Virginia Department of Education would decrease by about $1,888,772.

In the end, there could be about $3.7 million in additional revenue for Ohio County Schools if the rates remained at 95 percent.

Tax revenue accounts for about half of Ohio County Schools’ annual budget of about $67 million, he said. Each change in the tax rate — either up or down — equals about a $224,235 change in the budget.

The board is scheduled to officially approve a tax level for its three excess levies at a special meeting at 8 a.m. on April 21, but the times for all scheduled meetings for Ohio County Schools are subject to change during the coronavirus crisis.

A scheduled hearing to discuss the starting date for the 2020-21 school year that was to take place before the regular board meeting Monday night, but was postponed. Susan Nolte, director of human resources for Ohio County Schools, said she would seek out a way a virtual public hearing on the school calendar still could take place.

Abraham said it is likely upcoming meetings for Ohio County Schools all will take place via computer. The board’s next regularly scheduled meeting is set for 6 p.m. on April 14.


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