Solanco considers 2.6% tax hike
BY ROXANNE TODD, Correspondent
Solanco School District property owners would pay 2.6 percent more in real estate taxes next year under a proposed 2013-14 budget approved unanimously Monday by the school board.
The $49,332,362 spending plan includes a proposed tax increase of 0.29 of a mill. The rate would rise from 11.2243 mills to 11.5161 mills.
That means property owners would pay an additional $29.18 for each $100,000 of assessed value. For the average homeowner, real estate taxes will go up $44.55.
Local revenue sources account for $27,316,344. State revenues are expected to bring in $17,339,888. Federal funding will account for $2,556,319 and other funding sources will add $455,000. The proposed budget calls for using $1,664,811 from the fund balance.
Board members are expected to adopt the proposed budget at the June 3 meeting.
In other business at the meeting, architect Jim Lewis reviewed some possible building renovations/additions that resulted from a feasibility study performed several years ago. The board took no action on any of the plans, but it will continue to consider several projects that will beef up security and allow for more instructional areas.
Lewis discussed an option that would allow the district to solve a noise issue with the high school weight room, which was recently moved from the first floor to the second floor.
Lewis suggested adding a 4,525-square-foot weight room addition on the side entrance that leads to the Great Hall in the high school. He estimated the project at $1.4 million.
Another building option being considered is a more secure entrance to Quarryville Elementary School. Lewis suggested three options that range in cost from $450,000 to $550,000.
Basically, all three options include adding an entrance canopy with a vestibule that can be viewed by the clerical staff. The three options differ in where the main entrance to the school will be located.
Lewis presented a proposal for enlarging Smith Middle School so it can hold all of the district's middle school students. Swift Middle School would then be used for elementary classrooms and possibly a technology center.
The cost for the proposed renovation/expansion project is $32.3 million, without an auditorium. Adding an auditorium would bring the cost to $37.5 million.
Business manager Timothy Shrom said the project could be done with no increase in taxes because the district's debt service will expire in the 2015-2016 school year.
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