The Avonworth School Board unanimously approved the 2021-22 Final Budget at its June 14th Legislative Meeting.
The general fund budget is $35,744,915 with no increase in the millage keeping the real estate tax rate at 19.53 mills. This equates to an annual school tax bill of $4,345 on a median-valued home in Avonworth, which is $222,500. Each mill equates to approximately $1,172,000 in school property tax billings. The planned use of the District’s reserve fund in the amount of $1,061,441 will be utilized to balance this budget.
Included in the budget are expenditures utilizing American Recovery Plan ESSER 3 funds totaling $243,000. These funds will be expended on summer programs for students and contracting for a Licensed Counselor and Social Worker for the 21/22 school year. These contracts have been added to serve the increasing enrollment and additional student support as the District returns to what is hoped to be a “normal” school year after the pandemic year in 20/21. After accounting for the use of the ESSER 3 funds in the 21/22 budget, the amount remaining from the District’s allocation of $466,391 is $223,391. The District plans to expend this remaining balance over the next two years.
The District’s 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 34.94%. 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 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, is provided above.