Contact Information 
District Office
131 Wallace Ave.
Unit No. 14
Downingtown, PA 19335
Phone: (610) 269-1289
Hours: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Parkesburg Borough Hall
315 W. First Avenue
Building 1
Parkesburg, PA 19365 
By Appointment Only 

Coatesville Senior Center 
250 Harmony Street
Coatesville, PA 19320 
Hours: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every first and third Monday

Capitol Office
Room 159A, East Wing
PO Box 202074
Harrisburg PA 17120-2074
Phone: (717) 787-1806
Hours: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Dear Editor:

Many residents of the Coatesville Area School District have contacted me regarding the school board’s preliminary vote to raise school taxes by 8.4 percent, or 2.95 mills. People who disagree with the tax increase or would like information about how the significant increase would be used were directed to attend meetings.

While a meeting was held earlier this week, two more opportunities remain. A committee meeting will be held on Monday, May 7, at 6 p.m. at Coatesville Area Senior High. A town hall meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 8, at 6 p.m. at East Fallowfield Elementary.

People were also encouraged to contact their elected officials. However, I cannot prevent the school board from raising taxes as it is, unfortunately, a local government issue.

My role in securing school funding is at the state level. Since I took office in 2014, I have advocated for the needs of the district each budget season, which resulted in a 13 percent increase – totaling $5.4 million in additional funding – in that time.

The responsibility of school boards is to then determine how to appropriately allocate that funding and what is generated through property taxes. Just as the General Assembly has to make difficult budgetary decisions to balance a budget, school boards should be doing the same.

I challenge the Coatesville Area School District school board to return to the negotiating table in defense of taxpayers and come to a fair agreement that doesn’t necessitate raising taxes.

Representative Harry Lewis
74th Legislative District
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