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Old 10-22-2011, 08:42 PM
 
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We are moving to the Harrisburg area soon and need some help finding a school and therefore a house! We do not know anyone in the area to ask advice. My daughter currently goes to school in a mid-sized district of about 17,000 students but the enrollment at her school is about 300 students K-5. We LOVE her school. It is a country setting. Money does not seem to be an issue and does not seem to make kids more popular and we like that. The teachers are very caring and have set the bar very high for us when looking for a new school. My husband will be working in Hershey so we'll probably be looking to live towards that area but I understand that property taxes are very high there. We're hoping to find a house in a nice area in the $150,000 or less range. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 10-24-2011, 06:01 PM
 
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Old 10-26-2011, 09:44 AM
 
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Any input about Hummelstown,is it a good place to raise a family? Which has a better school district lower dauphin or central dauphin?
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Old 10-26-2011, 07:03 PM
 
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Any input about Hummelstown,is it a good place to raise a family? Which has a better school district lower dauphin or central dauphin?
Grew up there. LD better than CD.
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Old 10-27-2011, 09:51 AM
 
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Hello bnepler,
My family is planning to move this summer, if we are able to find a job. Is it okay for you to inform us more about the town? This means alot, thanks.
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Old 10-30-2011, 04:58 PM
 
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We are moving to the Harrisburg area soon and need some help finding a school and therefore a house! We do not know anyone in the area to ask advice. My daughter currently goes to school in a mid-sized district of about 17,000 students but the enrollment at her school is about 300 students K-5. We LOVE her school. It is a country setting. Money does not seem to be an issue and does not seem to make kids more popular and we like that. The teachers are very caring and have set the bar very high for us when looking for a new school. My husband will be working in Hershey so we'll probably be looking to live towards that area but I understand that property taxes are very high there. We're hoping to find a house in a nice area in the $150,000 or less range. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
I guess I missed this question earlier. Hershey (Derry Township SD) itself is a standard recommendation but houses there for that reason carry a premium vs. surrounding Lower Dauphin. The local paper reported higher scores on the PSSA for most of the LD elementary schools in third grade than Hershey.

Hershey has one complex where everyone goes to school in adjacent buildings. LD's elementary schools are smaller and you can definitely smell the manure from Londonderry and Conewago (maybe still East Hanover too, used to smell something else there but that misbegotten sewage plant has since been fixed )

As far as property taxes being high, compared to NY State they are ridiculously low, so it depends on your frame of reference. Note that some school districts in PA have up to 2% wage tax but Derry remains at 1% and I see from the web that LD does too. So you have the opportunity to pick your poison tax-wise, as it were.

LD has not much of a commercial or industrial tax base vs. residential and farm so property taxes might trend higher (they lost a court case a few years back on Three Mile Island Unit Two's assessment which reverted to $0 because it would be difficult to have a negative assessment which would seem more appropriate for that facility ). Derry should have low taxes but not only do the school adminstrators have expensive tastes, it was just reported that the old chocolate factory sold to a leaseback for $50 million but it was assessed at $7.4 million.
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