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Shikellamy District’s financial future looks good

April 6 – SUNBURY – Shikellamy School District administrators presented proposed spending plans to school board members during Tuesday’s business session and most, if not all, departments are on budget.

Last month, district officials said homeowners should be able to look forward to a proposed budget that includes no new tax increases for the 2022-23 school year.

The trustees were told by business manager Brian Manning that the district has worked hard and, thanks to tough board decisions, Shikellamy’s financial future looks good.

This time last year, Shikellamy ran into a deficit that cost taxpayers a $2 million tax hike.

The total budget is nearly $51 million with a shortfall of $876,688, but both preliminary numbers will change throughout the process of adopting a final budget, Superintendent Jason Bendle said.

At a work session last year, school board members agreed not to increase taxes by more than 2 mills when voting on a preliminary budget.

Each department head addressed the board and presented budgets that saw little to no increase, keeping the focus on a balanced budget for the coming year.

Manning previously said early numbers show the district won’t have to raise taxes and Bendle thanked administrators for working hard throughout the year.

Shikellamy Secondary School Principal Marc Freeman also thanked staff for continuing to operate within budget.

Directors have been asking for full financial numbers across the district and said they want to know about the process until the final budget is passed in June.

The regular council meeting will be held April 12 at 7 p.m. inside the District Administration Building on Packer Island.