Rep. Keith Gillespie, R-Hellam Township, is asking residents in the 47th legislative district to respond to a survey asking their opinion of the consolidation of York County school districts.

Gillespie asks the following question in the survey: "If the IFO report shows York County taxpayers will see their taxes reduced if the administrative functions are merged, would you support the merging of the administrative functions of York County School Districts?"

Respondents can answer "yes," "no" or "undecided," with the opportunity to provide additional comments after the question.

In September last year the York County House Republican delegation requested the state's Independent Fiscal Office to examine the potential savings for taxpayers, if the county's 15 public school districts consolidated at an administrative level.

The districts would keep the same boundaries, mascots and school buildings, Gillespie and other Republican legislators have said.

Rep. Seth Grove, R-Dover Township, said he posted a survey on his website soon after the announcement was made about the study. Of the 119 survey respondents, 34 people said they would support the consolidation, 77 said they were against it and eight people were undecided.

Grove said the number of responses isn't statistically significant for his district of about 62,000 people - that requires about 300 responses, he said.

The report about potential savings to taxpayers is scheduled to be complete by December of this year, Grove said.

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