Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Board Recap - 2018-2019 Budget Hearing

Unionville-Chadds Ford School District
May 8th, 2018

May 2018 - Budget Hearing


The administration presented its 2018-2019 financial plan to the Board last night.  The plan fully funds our current program, provides financing for the 10-year capital plan, and supports the district’s wellness initiatives.  The plan also provides funds for investments in technology infrastructure and the roll out of the Canvas/Chromebook initiative. Watch the Video /  Review the Presentation.

The proposed annual tax increase for property owners is the lowest in over twenty years at 1.56%.  John Sanville shared his belief that this plan demonstrates good stewardship of taxpayer dollars. The presentation was accompanied by a video demonstrating how long-range planning and UCFSD’s in-sourced and engaged staff deliver on the promise to empower students while being good stewards of taxpayer dollars. Watch the Video

The Board received advanced copies of the presentation with line item details, so the bulk of the evening’s Board conversation centered around taxes - specifically the variance between Delaware and Chester Counties.  Although the total tax increase is low by historical standards, on average Delaware County residents will see a 6.43% increase while Chester County residents will see a 0.35% increase.

The difference between the counties is driven by state mandates that require taxes to be levied by county.  After the annual budget is established, the district calculates the funds needed from taxpayers in each county based on market values developed by the State Tax Equalization Board.  Market values are updated annually and these year-to-year changes in market values by county account for the fluctuations we see. Details of the calculation are available here (pages 4 and 5)

The Board learned the “tax levy calculation by county” is state mandated.  There is no way to change the variance between counties, so the Board turned their attention to ways to soften the impact to Delaware County residents by either using an expected current year surplus in healthcare or modifying the funding of the 10-year capital plan.

Refer to this point in the video to listen to Jeff Hellrung’s summary of the issues followed by give and take on the merits of the options under consideration.

The Board asked the administration to prepare three options for consideration - all with the same spending plan but with 3 different financing options (financed as presented, financed by using an expected current 2017-2018 healthcare surplus, or with alternative financing for the 10-year capital plan).


The tentative Board budget review meetings reserved for Tuesday May 8th and Wednesday May 9th will not be needed.  


The Board agreed to review the administration’s proposal and two additional options at the May 14th Work Session.  



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