Avonworth School Board Approves 2019-2020 Budget

2019-20 Final Budget

Members of the Avonworth School Board unanimously approved the 2019-20 Final Budget at its June 10th Legislative Meeting.

The general fund budget is $34,339,313 and has factored in a .43 mill increase in the real estate tax rate.  The real estate tax rate of 19.53 mills equates to an annual school tax bill of $4,156 on a median valued home in Avonworth, which is $212,850.  The tax increase equates to about $91 for the average homeowner and will raise an additional $486,000 for the district.  Each mill equates to approximately $1,130,000 in school property tax billings.

 Included in the budget are 2.5 new teaching positons and a reading specialist to work with the District’s K-2 student population. These positions have been added to serve the increasing enrollment, which has increased by 190 students over the last three years.  Additionally, $300,000 is budgeted for a one-time purchase of new curriculum for math in the middle school and language arts at the elementary level.  Additionally, $160,000 is included for contracted security expenses along with $245,000 for technology equipment for the district’s one-to-one initiative.

The Avonworth School District annual budget continues to be negatively impacted by the under-funded State retirement system for public employees.  The mandated employer contribution rate for the Pennsylvania State Employer Retirement System (PSERS) is set at 34.29%.  It is important to note that this rate has more than doubled since the 2013/14 school year when the rate was set at 16.93%.   The financial impact of these increases in the 19/20 budget year is over $1.2 million dollars.

The Budget is available for public inspection to all interested residents in the district administrative office located at 258 Josephs Lane.  A link to this document along with the budget summaries are attached.

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