Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Board Passes $37M Budget, Taxes Increase

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Board Passes $37M Budget, Taxes Increase

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The Steel Valley school board passed a $37 million final budget for the 2018-19 school year on June 28 that raises school real estate taxes by 0.728 mills.

General fund expenses in the budget are projected to be $37,046,525, and revenues are expected to be $36,806,080. The district's general fund balance will cover the difference of $240,445.

In May, district business manager John Zenone said under the new budget, school real estate taxes for a home with an assessed value of $100,000 would increase by $72.84 a year. He said at the time that the tax hike was needed because of rising salary, charter school tuition and pension costs.

"We continue to face a difficult budget environment," superintendent Ed Wehrer said. "The primary cause of our budget difficulty is the charter school system and how we are required to pay for it. …

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