About the BudgetIntroductionDeveloping and administering a budget is one of the most important and challenging duties facing any school district. This is particularly true for Derry Township School District. The district derives a relatively low percentage of its revenues from state and federal sources. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, on average Pennsylvania public school districts receive about 39% of their revenues in state subsidies. Comparatively, Derry Township School District receives just 14% of its revenue from the state. The School Board and administration strive to maintain the high quality of education our students deserve. But we never lose sight of the fact that 86 cents of every dollar in the budget comes from local taxpayers.Our goal is to be a national model for public education.That includes demonstrating exemplary fiscal management.Building a BudgetThe district’s fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30. The district begins developing the budget for the subsequent fiscal year in late summer and the process concludes in June when the board adopts the final budget. Over these months, district and building administrators internally review existing and proposed educational programs that will drive the district forward in meeting the educational needs of its students. The board’s finance committee holds several meetings from September through May/June to discuss the budget and solicit input from the public. 2018-2019 BudgetAt its May 21 business meeting, the DTSD Board of School Directors voted to post for public review and comment a proposed $64 million budget for the 2018-2019 school year. The proposal includes a 2.4% real estate millage rate increase. The 2018-2019 budget will not become final until acted on at the board’s June 25 meeting. The proposed 2018-2019 budget provides for resources to maintain all core programs currently operated by the district as well as the funding necessary to move from a half-day kindergarten program to full-day kindergarten.Related LinksProposed General Fund Budget 2018-2019 (PDF file in the format required by PA Dept. of Education) 2017-2018 BudgetAt its June 12, 2017 business meeting, the Derry Township School District Board of School Directors adopted a $61.4 million budget for the 2017-2018 school year that freezes the current real estate tax rate of 18.1019 mills. The budget keeps the district’s millage rate as one of the lowest in Dauphin County.Under the budget, a Derry Township property with an assessed value of $150,000 (the township average) will be taxed at $2,715.29. Assessed value is the taxable worth of a home, and is usually much lower than the market value, which is the projected re-sale price of a property.