• Dec. 10, 2020

    Upper St. Clair limits potential tax increase

    School Budget The Upper St. Clair School Board approved a resolution limiting any 2021-22 tax increase to within the inflationary index determined by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The resolution was approved during the school board’s Dec. 7, 2020, meeting.

    Upper St. Clair’s current millage rate is 26.8972 mills. Passage of the resolution assures taxpayers that any proposed increase to the real estate tax rate will not exceed 3 percent or 0.8069 mills.

    Act 1 of 2006 sets an upper limit that school districts can raise property taxes. The index amount is calculated annually and reported to school districts. To exceed the index, school districts can apply to PDE for exceptions for pension and special education costs or by holding a voter referendum.

    Throughout the next several months Dr. John Rozzo, superintendent of schools, and Scott Burchill, director of finance, will provide budget updates during regularly scheduled school board meetings. By law, the district’s final budget and tax rate must be approved by June 30, 2021. The school board is currently scheduled to take action on the final budget and tax rate at 8 a.m. on Monday, June 28, 2021.

    More information:

    • Act 1 of 2006, the Taxpayer Relief Act: Among other information, this site provides details on how the index is calculated.
    • To calculate the maximum annual impact on a specific property value in Upper St. Clair Township, multiply the property’s county assessed value by 0.0008069. (Approximately $80.69 per $100,000 assessed property.)