GREENCASTLE, Pa. —The Greencastle-Antrim School Board on Thursday approved a preliminary budget for the 2013-14 school year.
The budget projects revenues of $34,573,795 and expenditures at $35,249,115.
Despite a budgetary shortfall of more than $675,000, business manager Jolinda Wilson said the district has options for closing the gap between revenues and expenditures.
“We have many options that we are considering,” Wilson said after the meeting. “I don’t have details on that right now.”
There was no board discussion on how the district would balance the 2013-14 budget.
The district’s tax limit is 2.1 percent or 2.0769 mills, Wilson said, but the district could apply for an exception to exceed the cap, according to Eric Holtzman, the board vice president.
The board will continue budget discussions until the final budget vote in June.
Also during the meeting, the board voted to repeal the per capita tax, with members stating that it cost $2.80 of the $10 tax just to collect.
“It’s an inefficient tax,” Holtzman said in a phone interview after the meeting.
Board members Joel Fridgen and Michael Still, the only ones to vote against repealing it, wanted to keep the tax.
Fridgen said it’s the principle behind it.
“I like the idea of everyone contributing to the school district whether you own property or not — it’s the principle of everybody contributing,” he said.
Everyone pays the tax, but if you repeal it then it becomes another burden on just the property owner.
Basically an average property owner would see a half a mill increase with this repeal, Fridgen said.
Board members were unsure how they would recover the loss of revenue.