What changed in final York County 2019-20 school district budgets?
York County School District budgets have all been approved for 2019-20.
Several other districts had minor adjustments to tax rates, expenditures or revenue — with some such as Spring Grove Area and Central York that were able to come down from a max tax increase, and Dallastown Area even reduced taxes below this year's rate.
Those that had changes are listed below, in order of budget passage. A reference to preliminary 2019-20 budgets can be found here.
York Suburban: The district's final budget passed May 6, with a slight increase in expenditures from about $65.6 million to $65.78 million, leaving a deficit of about $1.1 million.
A 1% tax increase was also approved, as previously proposed.
South Eastern: A final budget with expenditures of about $55.37 million is a slight increase over the preliminary budget, which had approximately $55.3 million. But expenses over revenue fell to about $1.35 million compared to a previous $1.43 million.
No tax increase is included, as proposed earlier. The final budget was approved May 16.
Spring Grove: The 2019-20 final budget passed May 20 with no changes except for a dip in the district's millage increase.
In the preliminary budget, an 2.9% increase — to the district's Act 1 adjusted index — to 23.7586 mills was proposed, but the final budget included only a 0.5772 increase to 23.6663 mills.
That's about $346 more annually for homeowners than last year, according to cumulative average home values in the district from January to June in 2019 compared to 2018, as listed a Realtors Association of York & Adams Counties report.
Dover Area: The district's deficit was reduced from about $1.98 million (with $1 million transferred to the capital projects fund) to about $1.53 million in its final 2019-20 budget, approved May 21.
Expenditures had a small dip from about $65.4 million to about $65.3 million, and the proposed tax increase of 1.21% remained.
Northeastern: Revenue increased about $523,343 to about $71.9 million and expenditures increased about $83,343 to about $70.83 million in the district's final 2019-20 budget passed June 3.
A budgetary reserve of $1.05 million will be set aside — more than the $600,000 originally proposed. The preliminary millage increase of 0.16 was also raised to 0.22 mills to cover high school renovations.
It will mean about $30 more annually for taxpayers, according to RAYAC values.
West Shore: The district passed its budget June 13, with a decrease in expenditures of about $571,738 to about $124.4 million and an increase in revenue of about $102,2014, compared to March and April projections.
Expenses over revenue brought the deficit down to about $236,058 from an earlier figure of $907,073.
Millage rates saw slight changes from previous estimates. York County millage will increase 2% to 14.6918, compared to the last estimate of 14.7051 — which will be an annual increase of about $366 for the average homeowner.
Dallastown Area: The board approved a final budget June 13 with a small increase in expenditures of around $100,000 to about $109.8.
There will be no tax increase from this year's 23.66 millage, as proposed in the preliminary budget, but instead a 1.30% decrease to 23.35 mills.
Since the average home value has risen in the district compared to last year, according to RAYAC, this will mean about $116 more annually for taxpayers.
Central York: A 2019-20 final budget passed June 17 with a 2% tax increase — less than the 2.9% increase to the adjusted Act 1 index originally proposed in April — and reduced expenditures of about $350,000.
The 2% increase will add $66.28 more on the average homeowner's bill, officials have said.
Revenue increased as well, but is still below expenses. The district's deficit increased about $26,462 from $167,360 to $193,822.
Northern York: The board passed its final budget on June 27, with a slight increase in revenue to about $49.33 million and reduction in expenditures to about $50.5 million — reducing a previous deficit of about $2.56 million to about $1.21 million.
The district will have a millage increase to its adjusted Act 1 index of 2.9%, bringing total millage to 17.4716, as proposed in the preliminary budget. That will be about $721 more on the average homeowner bill, according to RAYAC values.