EAST MARLBOROUGH—Unionville-Chadds Ford School directors Monday night adopted a 2019-20 proposed operating budget of $90.2 million which calls for a weighted tax increase of 2.27 percent. The final budget is expected to be adopted June 17.

Chester County property owners can expect a tax increase of 2.28 percent, and Delaware County property owners can expect a tax increase of 2.23 percent, for a weighted average increase of 2.27 percent. The millage rate will climb to 29.16 in Chester County, and to 25.71 in Delaware County.

The budget passed unanimously, 8-0. A mill represents $1 of tax for every $1,000 of assessed property value.

According to John Sanville, Unionville-Chadds Ford superintendent, the proposed budget invests in student wellness, continues the district’s financing in the 10-year capital plan, and invests in technology, including safety and security.

Direct educational delivery and student services make up 77.7 percent of the proposed budget. Administrative costs represent 7.2 percent of costs and buildings, grounds and transportation services make up 11.16 percent of the proposed budget

Those increases bring the total local revenue to $73.4 million. Including federal and state funding, plus a carryover fund balance of more than $9 million, the district is expected to have $99.5 million for use in the next school year.

Instructional costs are $50.6 million, plus $28 million for support services. Salaries and benefits are 73.1 percent of total costs.

Salary increase for teachers is 3.78 percent for 2019-20, who are in the first year of a four-year contract, and 2.4 percent for the administrative team and support staff. The last three years of the teacher contract will be in the 2.5 percent range.

The mileage increase is within the Act 1 index, said John Murphy, vice chairman of the finance committee.

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