Riverview schools tax increase on horizon
By Brian C. Rittmeyer
Published: Friday, June 21, 2013, 1:16 a.m.
Property taxes in the Riverview School District will be increasing in the 2013-14 school year, and because of more than just the Allegheny County property reassessment.
The school board recently approved the district's $18.58 million budget for the coming school year. That's an increase of about 3.3 percent over the $17.98 million 2012-13 budget.
The court-ordered reassessment increased taxable property values in the school district by about 29 percent, from about $441.6 million to $569 million, according to the county. That could change because of appeals.
The district's tax rate for 2012-13 was 25.355 mills. To take in the same amount of money in 2013-14, the district would have had to reduce its tax rate to 20.4167 mills, according to the district.
The school board set the district's millage at 21.18 mills, which is 0.7633 of a mill over the revenue-neutral rate.
“Ultimately, property owners will see an increase or a decrease in real estate taxes depending on how individual properties were reassessed,” the district said in a statement.
The Edgewater at Oakmont development did bolster the district's income by about $180,000.
But money from the federal government decreased, while state revenue remained unchanged.
The district hopes to take in more tax money as more homes are built at Edgewater, Business Manager Frank Thompson said.
So far, the district is not seeing more students coming from the development, he said.
The district faced several increased costs, Thompson said.
They included 5 percent increases in special education and health care costs, and a 4.5 percent increase in retirement contributions.
To reduce costs, the district is replacing two retiring administrators with one.
Ashley Coudriet, formerly of Apollo-Ridge, will start July 1 as director of curriculum and student services. She replaces special education director Susan Wiegand and curriculum director Lynn Black.
The district also eliminated the equivalent of four teaching positions through a mix of layoffs and not replacing retiring employees.
They consist of one elementary teacher, one match teacher, one science teacher, and half each of a business education teacher and foreign language teacher, Thompson said.
Brian C. Rittmeyer is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-226-4701 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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