West York School District's business manager will serve as part of a committee to determine what tax breaks will be proposed for the planned $47 million renovation to the West Manchester Mall.

The committee will consider a proposal that would keep the taxes on the property from increasing during the construction phase.

Instead, money generated from the increased assessment on the property would go back to the project over a period of 10 to 20 years. During that period, the school district would collect the same amount of taxes it earns from the property now.

Once a formal proposal is drafted, it would need approval from the school board, York County government and the West Manchester Township supervisors.

The proposed renovation to the mall will turn the facility "inside-out" and transform the under-utilized property into an outdoor mall similar to Hunt Valley Towne Centre in Maryland.

Last week, the school board voted unanimously to appoint business manager George Fike to the committee that will discuss taxing issues related to the mall project.

Among the issues the committee will evaluate is the duration of the tax break.

Fike will report back to the board in December about the outcomes of the meeting.

-- Reach Nikelle Snader at nsnader@yorkdispatch.com.