Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Dauphin County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
A dramatic drop in the Harrisburg Mall‘s tax assessment means Dauphin County, a municipality and school district are collecting an estimated $838,164 a year less in revenue than they did in 2010.
The new value of the mall is $7.987 million — less than one-eighth of the nearly $66.5 million assessed in 2010 and less than half of its 2012 assessment of $17.65 million.
For Swatara Township, that lost revenue, in part, contributed to the township’s need to raise taxes in past years.
Central Dauphin School District remained aware of the property’s decreasing value and took that into consideration concerning its budget. For Dauphin County, the most recent drop means the loss of less than one-half of a percent of the county’s annual budget.
The Central Dauphin School District is voting to approve their $154 million dollar budget this evening. They are moving $919,000.00 from a health care reserve fund to balance the budget. No tax increase is anticipated. The possibility of some layoffs still exist. That will be determined at the end of the summer.
The Central Dauphin School District is the 13th largest in the state and the largest school district in Dauphin County. The district operates 2 high schools, 4 middle schools and 13 elementary schools. Enrollment is 11,750 according to the district website. The district employs 960 teachers and over 400 other staff members and administrators..