Hirings and tax rates were on the agenda of Wednesday's Oneonta City School District Board of Education meeting. The session was held at Riverside Elementary School.

Oneonta resident Lisa Weeks, 40, was hired as business manager effective Oct. 27 at a salary of $95,000.

She currently holds the position at Delhi Central School.

David R. Whipple, who had been hired on a per diem basis to fill the position after Thomas Austin was hired as superintendent at Walton Central School in July, will continue until then.

In other business, the district approved its $14.4 million tax warrant for the 2008-08 school year. It calls for an increase of 3.9 percent in the overall tax levy, said Superintendent Michael Shea. Individual tax rates by city and town are affected by assessment changes and the final state equalization rates, according to a media release.

Growth in the value of town property is a reason behind the Oneonta town rate decreasing by 0.64 percent, compared with a 4.8 percent increase for the city, Shea said.

A drop in the equalization rate in Davenport led to an 8.8 percent increase, the release states. The tax levy rates include an increase of 0.9 percent in Laurens and decreases of 26 percent in Maryland, which just completed a 100 percent reassessment, and a 2 percent decrease in Milford, which slightly raised its equalization rates.

Tax bills will be mailed in late September. Any questions can be directed to the district business office at 433-8277.

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