The Quaker Valley School Board unanimously approved the 2018-2019 final budget during the May 21, 2018 school board meeting. The final budget totals $50,078,108 and includes a $525,000 contribution to the Sewickley Public Library of the Quaker Valley School District.
Beginning July 2, 2018, the average $200,000 home will pay about $8.46 more per month in property taxes, with the new millage rate of 18.9086. The current millage rate is 18.4009.
“The Pennsylvania State Employees’ Retirement System (PSERS) has been underfunded since the 1990’s which has grossly increased the tax burden on local school communities; that is the major factor driving property tax increases in Pennsylvania,” explains Dr. Heidi Ondek, Superintendent of Schools.
The District held a public budget meeting on May 1, 2018, to explain the budgeting process. Video from that event can be viewed here.
As presented at the public budget meeting, public schools in Pennsylvania are faced with many mandates, both from the state and federal levels. Quaker Valley is not alone as schools face significant contributions to the state pension system (PSERS), for charter school tuition payments, and for other mandated costs that are not under the school’s control.
Schools are faced with providing many mandated services and benefits, yet the state and federal funding does not match the cost of providing these services, leaving a large gap to be filled by local taxpayers.
To view the 2018-2019 budget, click here.