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South Fayette raises taxes, uses savings to balance final budget

| Wednesday, June 29, 2016, 6:00 p.m.

The South Fayette School Board approved a $52.75 million budget for 2016-17 that increases property taxes by 0.58 mills and uses nearly $1.75 million in savings.

The new property tax rate is 26.7 mills.

The average value of a home in South Fayette is $143,000, translating to an increase of $83.54.

Director of Finance Brian Tony previously presented three other options: no tax increase while using $2.47 million in savings; a 0.5-mill increase while using $1.85 million in savings; and raising the millage to the index allowed by the state, which is 0.8357 mills, and taking $1.4 million from savings.

By increasing the rate 0.5832 mills, the district will generate $727,253 more in revenue.

The district's savings now will total $16.5 million.

A major increase in expenditures comes from what the district must contribute to the Public School Employees' Retirement System.

Districts contribute a percentage based on salaries.

This year's rate is 30.03 percent, meaning South Fayette must contribute $6.45 million to the pension fund, an increase of $883,743 from last year.

Jim Spezialetti is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-388-5805 or jspezialetti@tribweb.com.

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