Central Dauphin OK’s preliminary budget without tax increase

A plan nine months in the making got the go ahead from the Central
Dauphin School Board Thursday night — and it does not include a tax hike, furloughs or program cuts.

With a 8-1 vote the board passed the balanced plan for next school year that totals, $162,468,383. School officials said a revenue increase from the earned income tax was the real difference maker that helped bridge what could have been a multimillion dollar deficit.

Vice President Jay Wenger voted against the plan. During the board meeting Wenger voiced concern over the decision not to increase taxes. Wenger argued that not raising the real estate tax not is like kicking the financial can down the road.

“I think we are failing to plan which is the equivalent of planning to fail by limited the tax increase to zero this year as much as I hate to say that,” Wenger said.

The public now has 20 days review the budget. The board is scheduled to vote on the final plan June 24.

Also at Thursday night's meeting the board approved a two year contract for support staffers, who are members of Central Dauphin Educational Support Personal Association. The agreement runs from July 1 through June 30, 2015.

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