York Suburban raising taxes for the coming school year

At York Suburban School District's June 18 board meeting, Acting Superintendent Larry Redding was recognized for his service. Incoming Superintendent Dr. Timothy Williams will begin on July 1.

The York Suburban school board is raising taxes to help bridge a $1.4 million gap in its 2018-19 budget.

Last month, the board passed a $57.99 million budget, which included raising property taxes by 1.9 percent to 23.1815 mills.

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The increase is less than the state-assigned tax cap of 2.8 percent, but there was still some disagreement from the board over whether it was necessary.

Board members discussed lowering it to 1 percent "to balance the budget without compromising the future," according to meeting minutes.

But the administration was in favor of the larger increase to account for new hires if kindergarten enrollment goes over 100.

Acting Superintendent Larry Redding has reported that 96 students at Yorkshire Elementary and 87 students at Valley View Elementary have already registered or have been identified for potential enrollment next year, according to the May minutes.

At the following board meeting on June 18, he said projected enrollment for Yorkshire has already surpassed 100 and recommended establishing an additional teaching position for the school.

Board Vice President Lois Ann Shroeder said the district's full-day kindergarten program is now headed into its second year.

The budget was approved 5-3, with board treasurer Joel Sears and members Michael Thoman and Kenneth Watts voting against it.

York Suburban also approved the distribution of state gaming funds to 5,434 eligible homes. Each homestead will receive a tax reduction of $122.65.

Deficit: Revenue for the 2018-19 budget is only about $56.5 million, including the projected $39.7 million net tax revenue — which puts the district behind by about $1.4 million.

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To balance the budget, the district will use leftover assigned funds from last year — putting about $1.7 million of its approximately $4.05 million assigned fund balance toward next year's general fund.

The overall ending fund balance will be reduced by the $1.4 million deficit from about $7.97 million to approximately $6.5 million.