York Suburban raises taxes for 2017-18 budget

Junior Gonzalez

Residents in York Suburban's district will see an increase on their property taxes next year after school board members approved a final budget Monday night.

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The proposal has $54.8 million in expected revenues and $55.7 million in expenditures, leaving a $923,000 deficit to be covered in part by the district’s unassigned general fund and other leftover funds.

Property taxes will increase by 1.5 percent, from 22.41 mills to 22.74 mills.

The district had the opportunity to raise taxes by as much as 2.5 percent without exemptions, a limit set by the Department of Education.

Before the board’s unanimous vote in the affirmative, board member and treasurer John Posenau thanked administrators for producing the budget.

“It represents an opportunity to provide everything that the students need while providing some relief to the taxpayer,” he said.

For the average home in the area assessed at $136,710, a resident would pay $3,110 in property taxes, about $52 more than last year.

District Director of Finance Corrine Mason said while the budget is ultimately the board’s decision, the administration “took the taxpayers into consideration” in passing the budget.

Board President Lynne Leopold-Sharp said she is “very,  very pleased” with the budget, which includes the return of autistic support services for kindergarten through second grade, emotional support for grades 3-5 and full-day kindergarten.