The Central York school board will vote next week to adopt its final budget that includes a 2.6 percent tax hike.

No changes have been made since the board passed the preliminary budget in May, said business manager Brent Kessler.

If the board approves a final budget with that increase, the property tax will increase to 18.2 mills, which will mean an increase of $75.70 on the average property in the district, according to board documents.

The proposed budget is balanced, Kessler said, which means the district will not need to use any of its existing general fund balance to fill a deficit.

But Kessler said a major unknown, and growing concern, is the impact the state budget will have on the district's funding.

The state is supposed to pass its budget by June 30, the same deadline school districts have. But updates from the Pennsylvania School Board Association and other groups indicate it most likely won't happen.

Kessler said he is optimistic the state budget will include some additional help for schools, whether it be for special education, regular education, or new grants Gov. Tom Corbett proposed in February.

"Our sources think there will be some increase of funding," he said.

If there are any changes at the state level, Kessler said the board would have about $100,000 in flexible funds that could be used to cover a state gap.


But board member Eric Wolfgang said the reported state deficits in revenue and the projected late passage could be a struggle for the district during the summer months.

"I'm very concerned with the state budget and how its going to affect us going forward," he said.

The tax hike hopefully will be enough to cover any state shortfalls for the coming year, Wolfgang said.

The board will vote to approve the final budget at its meeting next Monday, June 16.

Other business: The board also appointed Karl Peckmann to fill a vacant board seat in a 6-2 vote. Board members Michael Snyder and Michael Wagner voted to appoint Jeff Kissling, another of the five candidates who interviewed for the post.

Peckmann, 50, of Riding Silks Lane, previously served on the board for eight years before losing his seat in the May 2013 primary against former board member Anne Kahlbaugh, a first-time board member who resigned in April.