If Dallastown's proposed final budget is passed this year, district residents will not have any property tax hike for the fourth year in a row.
The district also will not cut any programs, said superintendent Ron Dyer.
"I'm over the moon about that," Dyer said about staying at the same tax rate.
The district will vote next week to approve the proposed $95.3 million final budget, which the public will be able to review before a June 12 vote for adoption.
Dallastown residents will have the same property tax rate as in the past four years, at 22.3 mills.
Using fund balance: The district plans to cover a $1.3 million deficit by using fund balance money, Dyer said. The district might also use the fund balance to cover a deficit for the 2015-16 school year, taking the fund balance from about $13 million in June 2013 to $10.3 million in June 2015.
Dyer said the district's goal has been to keep the budget in line with student enrollment increases, meaning about a 1 percent increase per year. Dyer said it was a "team effort" to achieve that goal this year.
There are some uncertain factors lingering for the budget, said Rob Blevins, chairman of the budget and finance committee. But the budget conservatively estimates the revenue Dallastown will receive from the state, and Blevins said he is hoping the proposed budget is a "worst-case scenario."
Blevins noted there are only three school districts in York County that have higher property tax rates than Dallastown: Last year, Red Lion was at 22.4 mills, Northeastern was at 24.9 mills and York City was at 33.7 mills. But a consistent strategy in the past few years could start to shift that picture, he said.
"If we can continue to hold the line on tax increases, our hope would be that we move toward the middle of the pack," Blevins said.
Adult class cut: The district is considering dropping out of a program that offers adult education classes to Dallastown residents, because it would cost at least $24,000 in the upcoming years, money not counted in the budget right now, Dyer said.
The district doesn't consider this a program cut, he added. The programs take place after school hours and are only open to adults in the community, Dyer said.
Dyer said the program started several years ago in conjunction with several other York County school districts, but Dallastown is only one of three districts to continue offering the program. Next year, the district would have to devote staff time to the program for organization because the leader is retiring. The district would also have to account for liability insurance that isn't covered now, Dyer said. There are other community organizations that offer the same sort of classes, such as karate and cooking, said board president Kenneth "Butch" Potter.
"It feels like other organizations are meeting this need that are nearby," he said.
The board will continue discussion about the possible cut and will vote to approve the proposed final budget at its next meeting at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.