The Harrisburg School Board is considering raising property taxes and scaling back kindergarten to half day in an effort to meet budget shortfalls.
The district has not had a property tax increase since 2012, and 49 percent of its tax base is exempt. According to Equity First, Harrisburg is one of the most under funded districts in Pennsylvania, at close to $32 million.
School Board Vice President Danielle Robinson says that they have to take a hard look at some options, to get a budget in place. “No one wants to cut kindergarten to half days,” said Robinson, “We have been down that road before, but we will have to give it consideration.”
Robinson says the tax increase would amount to nearly $44 per year for a homeowner. “It might not seem like a lot to some,” said Robinson, “But it could have an impact on our seniors who are on fixed incomes.”
The board is also considering combining administrative positions and cutting jobs that are budgeted, but not filled. The board has until the end of June to have an approved budget in place. They are holding a public meeting on Monday at 5:30 p.m.