Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

East Schools' Budget and Tax Overview

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

East Schools' Budget and Tax Overview

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Here is a look at the 2014-15 budgets for school districts in the East suburbs. Those districts that hiked real estate taxes mostly attributed the increase to raises in pension payments to the Pennsylvania State Employees' Retirement System. Some school districts were unable to provide an estimate of an average school tax bill for residents. Districts here determined tax bills for this story in different ways; some use an "average" in estimating bills; others use "median."

East Allegheny

1150 Jacks Run Road, North Versailles 15137

Budget: $31.80 million

Tax hike: None

1 mill generates: $471,516

Average school tax bill: $2,065 for a home of average assessed value of $75,000

Number of students: 1,676

Number of school buildings: 3

www.eawildcats.net; 412-824-8012

Gateway

9000 Gateway Campus Blvd., Monroeville 15146

Budget: $70.18 million

Tax hike: None

1 mill generates: $2,366

Median school tax bill: $2,034 for a Monroeville home of $107,700 median assessed value; $661 for a Pitcairn home of $35,000 median assessed value

Number of students: 3,390

Number of school buildings: 7

www.gatewayk12.com; 412-373-5700

McKeesport Area

3590 O'Neil Blvd., McKeesport 15132

Budget: $62.40 million

Tax hike: 0.48 mills. District business manager Dave Seropian attributed the increase to a lack of state funding, charter school expenses and increases in debt service and in pension payments to the state.

1 mill generates: $828,095

Median school tax bill: $595

Number of students: 3,509

Number of school buildings: 5

www.mckasd.net; 412-664-3600

Penn Hills

Administrative office: 260 Aster St., Penn Hills 15235

Budget: $39.80 million

Tax hike: 0.67 mills, bringing the total school real estate tax rate to 24.15 mills. Richard Liberto, business manager, said the tax increase was due to increased pension contributions, health insurance and salary costs, and an increase in charter school tuition.

1 mill generates: $900,000

Median school tax bill: $1,867

Number of students: 3,900

Number of school buildings: 3

www.phsd.k12.pa.us; 412-793-7000.

Plum

Administrative office: 900 Elicker Road, Plum 15239

Budget: $58.37 million

Tax hike: none

One mill generates $1.44 million.

Median school tax bill: $2,263 for a home of $119,400

Number of students: 3,900.

Number of school buildings: 6

www.plumboroughschooldistrict.pa.us; 412-795-0100

Wilkinsburg

718 Wallace Ave., Wilkinsburg 15221

Budget: $27.71 million

Tax hike: None; real estate tax rate remains 32.63 mills

One mill generates: $310,000

Median school tax bill: $2,600 for a home valued at $55,000

Number of students: 900

Number of buildings: 4

www.wilkinsburgschools.org; 412-871-2104

Woodland Hills

2430 Greensburg Pike, Pittsburgh 15221

Budget: $85.26 million

Tax hike: None; tax rate will remain 22.40 mills

One mill generates: $1.7 million

Median school tax bill: Not available

Number of students: 3,846

Number of school buildings: 8

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