Forever Lebanon Valley

Elco School Board Approves 2022-23 Budget with Slight Tax Increase

The Board of School Directors for the Eastern Lebanon County (ELCO) School District got a first look at the district’s proposed final budget for the 2022-23 school year.

The $51.4M balanced budget was presented by Business Manager Michael Miller at Monday night’s School Board work session:

The three-percent millage increase will bring in just over $842,000 in additional revenue. 

Miller said one of the biggest expenses in next year’s budget will be the amount ELCO must pay out to cyber-charter schools for tuition on behalf of district students enrolled in them.

Prior to the pandemic, ELCO had about 60 to 70 students enrolled in cyber charter schools. But since the pandemic, that number has doubled:

As for how much more taxpayers will have to shell out, Miller said a homeowner with a residence assessed at the district average will pay about $92 more next year.

The school board approved the budget unanimously, but a second and final vote will have to be taken next month, as well.