Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Vote Set on Spending Plan Proposal That Raises Taxes Pension Costs, Capital Projects Spark Increase

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Vote Set on Spending Plan Proposal That Raises Taxes Pension Costs, Capital Projects Spark Increase

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The Upper St. Clair school board is set to vote May 21 on a proposed budget of $83.3 million for the 2018-19 school year that calls for a 2.8 percent tax increase.

The new real estate tax rate would be 25.8603 mills, an increase of 0.7043 mills.

The proposed tax increase includes0.3853 mills for an increase in operating expenditures and 0.3190 mills for increased debt service for capital projects.

Each mill is valued at $2.13 million. Adoption of a final budget is scheduled for June 20.

The school board in March awarded construction contracts totaling $22.65 million for a new aquatics center, completion of Boyce Middle School field facilities and a new stadium complex. The stadium complex also will house the district's administrative offices.

Superintendent Patrick O'Toole said the tax increase was needed to help cover the cost of a $404,000 increase in the district's state-mandated pension contribution and for the capital projects. …

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