Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Murphy's 18th District covers Upper St. Clair, where the congressman lives.
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Republican Tim Murphy, a U.S. representative for the 18th District of Pennsylvania, released the following statement on Monday in response to President Barack Obama's call to allow the United States' 2001-03 tax rates to expire. "With 23 million Americans looking for a job, allowing a tax increase to take effect on Jan. 1 would be catastrophic," Murphy said, "so I don't disagree with taking action now to stop the pending tax hike on middle-class families struggling to make ends meet in this jobless economy. "In fact, I urge the president to go even further and join Congress in eliminating all pending tax hikes set to burden middle-class Americans, including the 21 new taxes included in his health care law."
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
A narrow majority of the Upper St. Clair School Board opts for a rate that could result in no increase for 2013-14.
You might recall the old commercials advertising Fram Oil Filters. You'll remember the catchphrase: “You can pay me now, or pay me later.” Upper St. Clair School Board, or at least a slim majority of board members, has opted for the former. By a 5-4 vote Monday, the board approved an amendment to the proposed 2012-13 operating budget, calling for a 1.618-mill property tax increase. The tentative version of the spending plan provided for an additional 1.375 mills. The revised figure brings the tax rate to 25.718. For owners of property valued at $200,000, the increase means an extra $323.60 on the tax bill. Frosina Cordisco, district director of business and finance, presented the numbers in the proposed budget for the board’s consideration…
Monday, June 25, 2012
Upper St. Clair School Board upped the figure from the preliminary budget, hoping to hold the line next year.
The Upper St. Clair School district tax increase is larger than expected. A 1.618-mill increase was approved by the school board Monday. The preliminary 2012-13 budget called for an additional 1.375 mills. School board member Angela Petersen motioned to amend the figure. The measure was defeated 5-4, but board vice president Barbara Bolas called for another vote. She cast her ballot to in favor the second time around, joining Petersen, board president Rebecca Stern, Amy Billerbeck and Frank Kerber. Voting against were Buffy Hasco, Harry Kunselman, Louis Mafrice Jr. and Louis Oliverio. Petersen’s rationale was that implementing a larger increase this year could allow the district to hold the line on taxes for 2013-14. The 1.618-mill figure …
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
The move will give the board 'maximum amount of flexibility' come June.
The Upper St. Clair School Board passed a preliminary budget Monday night for the 2012-13 school year, which includes a 1.647-mill tax increase and the elimination of nine professional and five support staff positions. A 1.647-mill tax is equivalent to $329 per $200,000 of assessed value. The vote was 7-2. School Directors Louis Oliverio and Louis Mafrice voted against passing the budget. They said they aren't comfortable with such a large tax increase. "I believe a budget is a budget," Oliverio said. "In order for me to vote yes, I need to be comfortable with it." "I believe that this proposed budget falls short of serving members of the community," Mafrice said. "I look at it differently," board member Amy Billerbeck said. "There's one …
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Upper St. Clair School District is planning to file for an Act 1 exception. If granted, the district could raise taxes higher than the property tax cap.
The preliminary 2012-13 budget for the Upper St. Clair School District shows a $2.7 million shortfall. Superintendent Patrick O'Toole shared the numbers in a presentation with the school board on Monday night. He called the outlook "sobering." Under Pennsylvania's Act 1 of 2006, school boards are limited in how high they can raise real estate taxes. Dr. O'Toole said next year, Act 1 will allow the school board to raise taxes by 1.7 percent or .41 mils. If the school board chooses to raise taxes, the amount raised would be $670,000—not enough to cover the $2.7 million shortfall. A new law passed this summer allows Pennsylvania school districts to apply for an Act 1 exception if the districts can show they need to raise taxes because of …