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The budget Central York's school board will vote on next week includes a 1.9 percent tax increase for property owners in the district.

The proposed budget for the 2016-17 school year has a 0.35 mill increase. The millage rate is the amount per $1,000 in calculating property tax, so the increase would be $35 for a property assessed at $100,000.

Brent Kessler, business manager for Central York School District, explained that the increase is less than the originally proposed increase, which was 3 percent.

At the school board's planning meeting Monday evening, discussion touched on the budget, tax rates and homestead resolution, mostly revolving around the new programs that were being introduced for the upcoming school year.

One of the programs is the JROTC program, while the other is called Panther Pathways. Panther Pathways will add four positions and is focused on alternative education for kids in special education or with mental health struggles, according to board members. JROTC also will add several positions. Board members were supportive of the initiatives and what they will mean for the future.

"It's about options, and it's about catering to unique needs," said Superintendent Michael Snell.

The budget that will be presented to the board to vote on next week does have a $232,687 deficit. Board members were unsure of how exactly that would be reduced during the planning meeting but were hopeful that the new basic education funding formula would essentially cover that cost.

Of course, that all depends on whether a state budget is passed on time this year. After last year's budget impasse, many school administrators are still worried.

The next school board meeting will be held  at 7:15 p.m. Monday at the district's Administrative Building, 775 Marion St. At that meeting, board members will vote to approve or reject the budget.

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