The Lower Dauphin School Board passed the 2018-19 budget which would not increase taxes for a seventh consecutive year and 10 of the past 11 years.
This year’s $63.4 million budget holds the millage rate at 18.42 which equates to a $1,842 property tax bill on a property assessed at $100,000. In order to balance this year’s budget, the board approved spending $1.5 million from district restricted reserve accounts.
“We have been utilizing our reserves for the past few years,” Superintendent Robert Schultz explained. “When we have a project or a one-time need, the district has planned to use reserves rather than have increase taxes for what is a nonrecurring expenditure.”
An example of this is when the district used reserve funds to repair a roof at the high school.
This year’s general fund budget increases 2 percent from the previous year. The largest increases in expenditures are again in rising pension costs ($233,722) and in costs related to special education. Revenues show modest gains in local tax sources ($652,526) and from increases in state and federal subsidies.
“The inflation rate during the 2017-18 was roughly 2 percent,” Dr. Schultz said. “Even with large cost drivers like pension increases and other costs we were able to limit expenditures to the inflationary rate.
“I want to commend our teachers, staff and administrators for working together to limit costs as much as possible. Any time you can return a no-tax increase budget, you know a lot of work went into making that possible.”
Lower Dauphin School District Tax Rates 2018-19
Real Estate Millage 18.42 mills Earned Income Tax 1 percent of earned income Occupation Tax $250 Per Capita Tax $5