June 19, 2019
School Board approves final budget and tax rate
The Upper St. Clair School Board approved the 2019-20 final budget totaling $85,642,128 during its meeting on Wednesday, June 19, 2019. The final budget includes a two percent millage increase of 0.5172 mills – resulting in a final millage rate of 26.3775 mills.
The annual tax impact of the increase on a $250,000 home is $129.24 or $10.77 per month. (To calculate the impact on a specific property value, multiply the property’s county assessed value by 0.0005172.)
Throughout the budgeting process, the administrative team and school board embraced the theme, “Investing in Excellence” as they focused heavily on the goals and objectives of the district’s 2015-2020 Strategic Plan.
“The ‘Investing in Excellence’ theme provided a shared framework that enabled us to prioritize projects and allocate resources appropriately,” Dr. John T. Rozzo, superintendent of schools, said. “As a result, this budget effectively supports the district’s strategic objectives.”
With a two percent millage increase, Upper St. Clair falls below the maximum 2.3 percent inflationary index established by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
“We remain steadfast in our commitment to balancing the needs of our students while being responsible stewards of taxpayer monies,” Dr. Rozzo said. “We are proud to present a balanced budget with the lowest year-to-year percentage increase in seven years.”
In addition to typical increases in salaries, benefits and health care, the district’s 2019-20 budget was impacted by nearly $400,000 in mandated increases to the Public Employees Retirement System and more than $200,000 in additional charter and cyber charter school tuition.
The district is investing an additional $800,000 to further its safety, security and student wellness initiatives. Also, nearly $400,000 in capital funding has been allocated for several maintenance projects throughout the district that include electrical, plumbing and other maintenance items.
The 2019-20 final budget is available on the district’s website and at the district’s central offices.