After much discussion, the Central York school board voted 5-4 to provide the Martin Library an $8,000 donation in its 2012-13 school budget.
In past years, the district has provided a $12,000 donation, but board member Gregory Lewis said he "had a real issue with it."
Lewis said he had no problem with the district asking parents to make a donation to the library, but said he believes it is "simply wrong" to donate taxpayer dollars.
Board member Deborah Myers agreed, saying that since a portion of the county property tax rate is already donated to library, an additional donation isn't necessary.
York County's property tax rate includes a 0.1-mill library tax, which generates about $2.4 million per year.
But board member Timothy Bieber said "we utilize their services and we don't pay for them. They may end up having to restructure the way they do business and we may very well end up paying for services they provide."
Phillip King, the board solicitor, said it's not uncommon for a school district to make a donation to the library and that it did not present a legal concern.
Board members Myers, Lewis, Karl Peckmann and Michael Snyder voted against the measure.
Voting in favor of the donation were board president Michael Wagner, Barbara Johnston, Robert Weikert, Eric Wolfgang and Bieber.