The preliminary numbers are in for Conewago Valley School District’s 2020-21 budget, which shows a $4.3 million deficit.

The school board last week indicated its intention to seek an exception to exceed an increase of the Act 1 index cap of a 3.5 percent tax hike. The Pennsylvania Department of Education would have to OK increasing taxes in the school district above the 3.5 percent cap. The board intends to ask for the exception based on the cost of retirement contributions and special education within the district.

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