South Fayette school board approves budget with tax increase

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South Fayette school board members Tuesday night approved a $41.43 million spending plan and a 24.7126-mill property tax rate for the 2013-14 school year.

The tax rate includes a 0.8112-mill increase, for retirement and general expenses, that will cost the owner of a $100,000 home about $81 a year.

The board vote was 7-1, with Bill Sray voting no and Alexander Czaplicki absent.

Individual tax bills may rise or fall due to Allegheny County reassessments.

The district was required to drop the base tax rate by nearly 5 mills -- from 28.8241 mills to 23.9014 mills -- to avoid a revenue windfall from higher assessments and to create a revenue-neutral millage rate.

With approval from the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the board then voted to increase the property tax rate by the district's allowed index of 2.1 percent -- or 0.5019 mills -- for general expenses, plus 0.3093 mills to help cover state-mandated contributions to the Public School Employees' Retirement System.

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Andrea Iglar, freelance writer:


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