Published on June 16, 2021
Lititz, PA — At Tuesday night’s board meeting, the Warwick School Board of Directors approved the final adoption of the 2021-2022 general fund budget in the amount of $79,339,136. The budget does not include any tax increase, and keeps the millage rate set at 16.3711. This is the third year in a row with a zero tax increase for the school district, and the fourth year in a row of being the lowest increase in the county.
The budget was successful in maintaining the goal of little to no impact to students, classrooms, programs, staff, etc., while having little to no tax burden to taxpayers.
While COVID has greatly impacted the short and long-term financial landscape for Warwick, the district is utilizing the federal Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds made available to help bridge the gap next year. “The full recovery timeline and financial impact from the pandemic is unknown, but these one-time federal funds will help minimize the impact to school operations and taxpayers over that time until a more clear picture is established,” explained Nate Wertsch, Warwick’s Chief Financial Officer.
“Thanks to the efforts of our administration and staff, Warwick is pleased to be able to pass a third budget in a row with no tax increase,” stated Superintendent, Dr. April Hershey. “As reflected in our mission, vision and values, all of our decisions, both financial and otherwise are student centered first, but also respecting our community and taxpayers. We are exceedingly grateful for the partnership we share with our families and greater community.”