• June 27, 2022

    USC adopts final budget and tax rate

    BudgetThe Upper St. Clair School Board approved the 2022-23 final budget totaling $95,751,292 during its meeting on Monday, June 27, 2022. The final budget includes a 3.2% millage increase of 0.8856 mills – resulting in a final millage rate of 28.5628 mills.

    Throughout the budget process, district leaders have continued to focus on three primary goals as it balanced the needs of students and its fiscal responsibility to taxpayers.

    “We have remained steadfast in our commitment to maintain a high-quality education for our students; balance the needs of the school district while recognizing our fiduciary responsibilities to our community; and remain cognizant of the interdependence of all aspects that directly and indirectly affect our students’ school experience,” Dr. John Rozzo, superintendent of schools, said. 

    The annual tax impact of the increase on a $250,000 home is $221.40 or $18.45 per month. (To calculate the impact on a specific property value, multiply the property’s county assessed value by 0.0008856.)

    Upper St. Clair’s budget is primarily funded by local taxpayers – amounting to more than 78% of all district revenues. State funding totals approximately 21%. Federal revenues account for less than one percent of the district’s funding.

    The 2022-23 budget includes several capital improvement projects including HVAC repairs to the high school as well as waterline and drainage repairs to the stadium and Baker field.

    “In addition to supporting all existing educational programs and activities, this budget protects the district’s short and long-term financial health,” Scott Burchill, director of finance, said. “In particular, we continue to be intentional in our use of the district’s fund balance – limiting its use to funding one-time expenses rather than recurring costs.”

    Qualifying homeowners will benefit from a homestead exclusion that results in an assessment reduction of $10,305.36, which equates to a real estate tax savings of $294.35. This property tax relief program is funded through the distribution of a portion of gaming funds provided from taxes on the slots and casinos throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. To qualify, the property must be an owner-occupied residence and the property owner must have filed and received approval via a homestead exemption application with Allegheny County by March 1. To obtain an application, please visit the Allegheny County website.

    The 2022-23 final budget is available on the district’s website and at the district’s administration building, 1775 McLaughlin Run Road.