CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- A $2 million question mark remains in the 2009-10 budget for the Chambersburg Area School District.
Administrators and the school board already pared down a multimillion-dollar deficit, but they don't know whether the state legislature will keep the district's basic education funding at the same level as last year. The Pennsylvania Senate already passed a bill in which the anticipated $2 million stimulus boost would be eliminated.
The state budget and school districts' budgets all are supposed to be passed by June 30.
"We might go into the summer without clear direction," Chambersburg Business Manager Steve Dart said.
The tentative budget, which passed May 13 with $105 million in expenditures, includes a 4.9 percent property tax increase. That increase would translate into $41.27 in additional taxes for a property appraised at $100,000, Dart said previously.
Also, people registered for farmstead and homestead exemption savings on their real estate tax bills can anticipate diminished savings. Dart estimates each household will see savings reduced by about $23.