School Board Votes for No Tax Increase
May 28, 2020
The 2020-2021 school year does not include a tax increase thanks to Southern York County staff for participating in a voluntary wage freeze.
Originally in the November 2019 meeting, the board had proposed a tax increase within the index; by December 2019, the board agreed on an increase of 3.2 percent.
The reason for asking for the increase was due to the amount of professional staff being lower than the 2009-2010 school year.
Once COVID-19 had damaged the economy and left many without a way to get money, the Board completely reworked the 2020-2021 budget because they did not feel comfortable with a tax increase during this time.
A list of people who participated in the wage freeze includes all professional staff, teachers, nurses, librarians, counselors and psychiatrists. Among those who also volunteered include Non-Act 93 staff including, salaried Technicians, human resources and transportation coordinator also participated in the wage freeze.
A wage freeze in definition is when a company is having a difficult time financially and wishes to avoid layoffs or other cutbacks.
Superintendent Sandy Lemmon expressed gratitude for the relationships within the Southern School District, during the virtual school board meeting on April 16.