For the second consecutive year, the Parkland Board of School Directors approved the General Fund Budget with a 0% tax increase. The 2021-2022 school year budget in the amount of $201,072,623 was approved during the regularly scheduled Board meeting on Tuesday, June 22, 2021. The balanced budget includes a 4.5% increase over 2020-21 expenditures. In order to reach the goal of NO INCREASED TAX RATE for the Parkland taxpayers, the Proposed Budget includes the appropriation of $4,509,778 Million of Fund Balance to balance the 2021-2022 General Fund Budget.
The Budget represents a total mill rate of 15.71 or a 0% millage increase. The value of the Homestead/Farmstead gaming credit is $111.34 per approved property which helps offset property taxes.
Key Points of the 2021-22 Budget:
- Parkland’s estimated share of federal CARES Act funding is calculated to be approximately $11.2 million, with approximately $2.2 million earmarked for learning loss. Our plan is to utilize the funds on one-time, not ongoing expenses, to avoid a steep hole in future budgets and to disperse the money on projects and staffing over the span of the 3-year CARES Funding Program to best meet the needs of students as we resume a normal in-person school schedule.
- CARES Act funding will help us to recover from the more than 12 months of disrupted learning and loss of school routine due to the pandemic. Our plan is to add one-year staff positions that focus on helping students fill in any learning gaps that may have been created during the pandemic.
- As of May 1, 2021, one mill of property tax is projected to produce $8,283,826 at a 97% collection rate.
- Last year’s (2020-21) Budget included a tax increase of 0% totaling 15.71 mills with a total budget of $192,387,354.
- The Budget includes a Board-endorsed plan for a 9th year of capital improvement projects that include renovations at Schnecksville Elementary School, the reconstruction of the bus garage (which burned down in 2018), improving the parent pick-up area at Parkway Manor Elementary School, and various roofing, bus and technology purchases. Planning for a Kratzer Elementary School addition that will house children that enroll from the proposed Ridge Farm Development in South Whitehall Township is also underway.
Superintendent Richard T. Sniscak noted, “This budget represents the essential educational needs of students while considering our current economic climate and the ability and willingness of our community to support a quality, comprehensive educational program. I appreciate the complex planning process that took place to arrive at a 0% TAX INCREASE and thank all of the departments within our organization who have contributed to budget deliberations. As a team, we focused on controlling expenditures while striving to raise the bar for student achievement, especially as we all emerge from the pandemic.”