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McKeesport Area School Board has approved the district’s budget for the 2022-23 academic year.
The $79.8 million spending plan keeps property taxes at the current millage rate of 20.96 mills. In 2021-22, each mill generated approximately $1.2 million in revenue for the district, according to Allegheny County Treasurer John Weinstein.
At Wednesday’s meeting, School Directors Jim Brown, Dan Goughnour, Steve Kondrosky, Mindy Lundberg and LaToya Brown voted to approve the spending plan, while School Director Dave Donato, Diane Elias, Matt Holtzman and Joe Lopretto voted no.
Last month, district officials said they expected to end the 2021-22 academic year with an $11 million fund balance, or surplus.
There was little public discussion about the budget, which had previously been approved at the May meeting on a 5-4 vote.
Donato said he objected to the district ending the year with such a large fund balance instead of the typical $6 million to $8 million surplus. Some of the money could have been returned to taxpayers in the form of a tax cut, he said.
At 20.96 mills, a property owner with a home assessed at $100,000 can expect to pay $2,096 in property taxes to the school district.
Originally published June 23, 2022.