SHARPSVILLE — Residents of Sharpsville Area School District can expect their property taxes to remain unchanged at 82 mills for the 2021-22 school year.

The Sharpsville school board voted unanimously to approve the district's 2021-22 budget, which calls for total expenditures of $18,672,643, and estimates total revenues at $18,069,093.

Under the 2021-22 budget, taxes will remain at 82 mills, or $82 for every $1,000 of assessed property value. The owner of a property assessed at $17,280, the school district average, would pay $1,416.96 in property taxes.

Earned income taxes are expected to generate $770,588 in revenue for the school district, according to the budget.

District officials expect to receive at least two rounds of COVID-related funding through the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief grant program. The first grant, "ESSER II," is estimated at about $1.2 million, while the second grant, "ESSER III," is estimated at about $2.4 million.

The relief funds must be used to cover expenses incurred by the pandemic, although school officials have some leeway in determining what exactly the funds are used for. At least 20 percent of ESSER III funds must be used to address learning loss caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The district will take on projects to replace the HVAC system in the middle and high school gym and lecture room, with school officials expecting work to be completed before the 2021-22 school year starts in the fall.

Another project scheduled for completion during the summer includes replacement of windows in the middle and high school building. That work is covered under a 2017 bond issue and does not affect the 2021-22 budget.

School officials plan to showcase the middle and high school's Media Center — a multi-use area the includes a transformed library and other spaces such as a green-screen room, a Makerspace area and a video production room — this year.

The Media Center could not be used to its fullest during the previous school year due to limitations from the pandemic and issues in getting equipment, but students are expected take full advantage of the space in 2021-22.

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