Central York School District's proposed final budget for 2014-15 includes a tax hike of 2.6 percent, but board members are still discussing if they will approve the increase.

If the board approves the recommendation from the administration, the district's $78.4 million budget will use the 2.6 percent tax increase allowed by the state Department of Education.

That would take the property tax rate to 18.2 mills, which will mean an increase of $75.70 on the average property in the district, according to board documents.

Board member Greg Lewis said he is confident the district is doing what it can to cut costs and said he is open-minded about the budget. But he said he wants to see how other pieces, such as state funding, affect the budget.

"It will take some convincing for me to approve a tax hike," Lewis said.

Board member Michael Snyder said it was "awesome" the district collaborated with the maintenance department to save money by closing some buildings for a month over the summer. Snyder said the board should look for other ways to find cost savings.

"It saved us money, and we didn't lose anything," he said.

The budget does not include any program or staff cuts. It does include a $700,000 transfer to the capital reserve fund, which will help to fund projects across the district. One of those projects will be to replace the roof at the middle school, which has an estimated cost of $354,637.


The district will host a town hall meeting Tuesday to update the public on the budget and other items, including information about the district's cyber academy and customized education, said district spokeswoman Julie Randall Romig.

The town hall meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at North Hills Elementary School, 1330 North Hills Road in Springettsbury Township. The board will have a formal budget presentation at the school board meeting Monday, May 12.

— Reach Nikelle Snader at nsnader@yorkdispatch.com.