Thursday, February 7, 2013
Gov. Corbett's proposed budget includes a $28,531 increase for Quaker Valley in the 2013-14 school year.
Gov. Tom Corbett’s proposed 2013-14 budget is expected to provide Pennsylvania school districts with more than $9.83 billion in taxpayer assistance, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Education. For the Quaker Valley School District, this translates into a $28,531 increase for the 2013-14 school year. State figures project a $351,645 increase, which includes the state's obligation for employees' pension and social security, funds that are not used for education operations. Quaker Valley School Board approved a resolution in November indicating it will remain within the set 1.7 percent index for the 2013-14 school year. Under Pennsylvania's Act 1, that means the district's property tax rate could not be increased by more than the …
Sunday, January 20, 2013
The issues are many, but which stands out as the one most important to America?
A flurry of festivities will set Washington, D.C. in motion this week as President Barack Obama is sworn in Monday for his second term in office. With "Faith in America's Future" as the theme for the 2013 inauguration, the celebration will reflect the country's perseverance and unity, as well as commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the placement of the Statue of Freedom atop the Capitol Dome in 1863. The inaugural address, parade, and a number of balls and galas that honor the president will have a certain priority of their own. But when the hoopla dies down, there's some serious work to be done. Through the last year, our Patch Polls have focused on some of the major issues facing the country. This week, …
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
The school board approves a resolution indicating taxes will remain within the set 1.7 percent index for the 2013-14 school year.
The Quaker Valley School Board has made a commitment to district property owners for the 2013-14 school year. "We're committing not to increase property taxes this year," Superintendent Joseph Clapper said Tuesday night during a budget presentation at the school board meeting. "We're going to work really hard at that." The board approved a resolution indicating it will remain within the set 1.7 percent index for the 2013-14 school year. Under Pennsylvania's Act 1, that means the district's property tax rate could not be increased by more than the index, or 0.36125 mills, without seeking voter approval in a referendum. Property owners now pay 21.25 mills or $3,153 for a property assessed at $157,200, the median value in the district. …
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
The school board is poised to increase taxes slightly to help balance the budget.
Residents in the Quaker Valley School District could see an increase in property taxes next year if the $41.071 million proposed final budget for the 2012-13 school year is approved by the school board next week. The 0.30 mill increase would raise the rate from its current 20.95 mills to 21.25 mills and generate an additional $441,235 in revenue for the district to help close a $491,000 budget gap. The remaining shortfall would be covered using $50,000 from the retirement fund balance. To help balance the budget, Superintendent Joseph Clapper said Tuesday night that eight positions were also cut from next year – all through attrition—including three teaching positions, but mostly support staff from cleaners to paraprofessionals. A couple …
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
The preliminary budget of $42.1 million for the 2012-2013 school year gives Quaker Valley the opportunity to file for exceptions to the Act 1 index limit.
Quaker Valley's approval of a $42,142,902 million preliminary budget at Tuesday’s school board meeting means the district will apply to the state for permission to raise property taxes by nearly .3 mills. Under Act 1 of 2006, the district is permitted to ask the state for special exceptions to increase property taxes in the 2012-13 budget above the inflationary index. For Quaker Valley, the index under Act 1 — also known at the Taxpayer Relief Act — is currently set at 1.4 percent, or .2933 mills in tax. John Sheline, director of finance and operations, said the district essentially had only two options: to pass a motion agreeing to stay within the index or pass a preliminary budget that grants authority to request exceptions. Sheline said…
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
In a brief meeting on Monday night, Sewickley Hills Council approved the 2012 budget and planned a meeting in early Jan. to interview a treasurer.
Because Monday night's council work meeting took place during a holiday week, Sewickley Hills Council members quickly approved the borough's 2012 budget. The only change to the budget — proposed by council President Tom Klixbull — called for adding the reserve fund used to repair the sewage system to the operating budget. With that revision, the budget will show a $70,000 surplus instead of a $60,000 deficit. Council will not increase taxes in 2012. Council members also noted that the local real estate tax rate, which is set at 3.5 mills, has not been advertised. Also Monday night, council members agreed to advertise for a meeting Jan. 9 to interview candidates for the position of treasurer.
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Residents tax bills will remain the same -- for now.
Bell Acres Council approved a final $1.439 million budget for 2012 that does not include a tax increase. The board voted, 6-0, in favor of the budget, which keeps the millage rate at 5 mills. Councilman David Renfrew was absent. At 5 mills, a homeowner with a property assessed at $100,000 will continue to pay $500 in taxes next year. In addition, council Monday night approved a four-year public works contract that includes 3 percent raises the first two years followed by 2 percent raises in the last two years. The contract is effective Jan. 1 and expires Dec. 31, 2015. There are three full-time public works employees. “We have a great group of employees and a good council,” said Bell Acres Manager Charles Kulbacki. As for the budget, …
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
The proposal does not include a tax increase for 2012.
Sewickley Council has adopted a $4.8 million tentative budget for 2012 that does not include a tax increase. Council is scheduled to formally adopt the proposal at a meeting scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Nov. 21. If the budget is approved, the borough’s total property tax rate would remain at 7.3 mills, which means the owner of a property assessed at $100,000 next year would pay $730 in real estate taxes, unchanged from this year. Sewickley Manager Kevin Flannery and other borough staff began preparing the tentative budget in July and approved the proposal Oct. 22. In his annual budget address, Flannery said the proposal has a 1.1 percent decrease in expenditures, while still maintaining services to residents at the current level and joint …
Friday, August 19, 2011
During a news conference Thursday morning at the Allegheny County Courthouse, D. Raja, the Republican candidate for county chief executive, highlighted key components of his six-point plan.
D. Raja, Republican candidate for Allegheny County chief executive, held a news conference Thursday at the Allegheny County Courthouse to announce the second initiative in his political campaign. The initiative is a six-point plan for modernizing county government which, in large part, addresses budget shortfalls and inflated revenues. Raja will discuss more of his visions for Allegheny County as part of his Town Hall Tour on Saturday at Sewickley Speakeasy. The Republican candidate introduced his job creation initiative earlier this summer, greeted the media before beginning his address with a solemn remark: “Allegheny County is essentially living on borrowed time, with regard to both budget and financial situation.” Citing that …
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
The bill goes to the state Senate, which is expected to restore some of the cuts made by the House.
Whether Tuesday’s vote in the state House of Representatives to approve the $27.3 billion state budget plan is viewed as “prioritized spending … responsible spending” or as inflicting “excruciating pain” on the commonwealth’s “most vulnerable citizens” seems divided clearly along party lines. The budget bill passed the House by a vote of 109 to 92. The bill now goes to the state Senate, which is expected to restore some of the cuts made by the House. By law, the budget must be adopted by June 30. House Democrats stood firm against the Republican budget, which they say would include $976 million in cuts to K-12 education funding, nearly $300 million in cuts to higher education, and about $500 million in cuts to health care and human service…