The York Suburban school board will vote this month on whether to approve a budget for next year with a 2.1 percent increase in property taxes.
The $49.2 million budget will not include any program cuts, and the administration is recommending the board use $120,000 from the district's fund balance to cover the remaining gap, said Corinne Mason, director of finances and support services.
The proposed tax increase would mean an increase of 0.44 mills, which equals a hike of about $66.15 for a homeowner with a property valued at $150,000.
The board was able to cut its deficit from more than $800,000 in March because of a few factors, Mason said. This year, 12 staff members will retire. The administration restructured to eliminate one of the secretary positions, Mason said, which will save about $53,000.
And because retiring senior staff would have higher pay raises than the retiring teachers and support staff, the district expects to save about $300,000 next year, even though the remaining 11 positions will be replaced, Mason said.
Beyond the restructuring, no programs or staff positions will be changed next year, she added.
The district also saved money by consolidating bus runs to eliminate the need for one bus route and by working to attract students back from cyber charter and charter schools, she added.
The cost savings aren't final because the number of students is not firm, but Mason estimated about six students will rejoin the district next year. The range of tuition that will stay with the district for each student is estimated between $10,000 for basic education and $22,000 for students in special education.
The final budget does not include any increases in state funding, Mason said. Gov. Tom Corbett proposed a new grant, which could give York Suburban as much as $195,000, Mason said. But it's unclear if the district would need to start a new program or be able to use those funds for existing needs.
"We're not really looking to implement a program that we can't sustain," Mason said.
If the state would give additional money and the board would decide to use it, the budget would be adjusted at that time, Mason said.
The school board will vote on the budget at its May 27 meeting.
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