The Eastern York school board passed a preliminary budget earlier this month without a proposed tax increase.

The $42.2 million budget was approved 8-1 at the May 15 board meeting, said Teresa Weaver, district business manager.

The existing deficit in the budget for the next school year is about $1.4 million, Weaver said in an email.

The board will discuss at its meeting in June how to cover that deficit.

"The board has not decided yet if it will increase taxes or use fund balance or a combination of both," Weaver said in the email.

Possible increase: According to the proposed budget on the district's website, the district has an estimated fund balance of $2,958,561 for next year.

The proposed budget does not include a tax increase. But if it would choose to do so, the school board could raise taxes to 2.6 percent, the maximum amount allowed for the district by the state Department of Education.

With the district's current tax rate of 19.8 mills, that increase would mean a possible hike of 0.51 mills, or an extra $77 on property tax bills in the fall.

Weaver said main cost increases this year came from retirement contributions and benefit costs. The proposed budget does not include any program or staff cuts, Weaver said.

The board will discuss how to resolve the deficit and will vote to adopt the final budget at its Thursday, June 19 meeting.

— Reach Nikelle Snader at nsnader@yorkdispatch.com.



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