Budget Update May 21: On May 21, 2018, the School Board unanimously approved the final budget for the 2018-2019 school year in the amount of $98,933,314 setting the millage rate at 24.32--a .39 mill increase over the 2017-2018 millage rate and includes using $750,000 of the Fund Balance. This translates into $39 a year more in taxes on a house assessed at $100,000.
The only change to the Proposed Budget approved in April was the reduction to some supply accounts in the amount of $25,000. The final budget will not have any program reductions from the instructional program offered students in 2017-18. The budget also includes a placeholder of $65,0000 for an additional position for school safety and security that will be decided on at a later date.
Some of the early reductions to the budget were for staffing savings from retirements not anticipated earlier in the year, and savings in transportation costs due to negotiated changes with a new transportation company.
May 14 School Board Meeting Budget Discussion (Video)
Budget Update April 16: The School Board unanimously approved the 2018-2019 Proposed Final Budget of $98,208,314 with a millage rate of 24.33 mills reflecting a .40 mill increase and includes $750,000 from the fund balance. The budget also includes a placeholder of $65,0000 for an additional position for school safety and security that will be decided on at a later date.
The millage increase translates into a $40 per year increase in real estate tax for every $100,000 of assessed value for homes in our community. Action on a final budget is planned for the School Board meeting on May 21, 2018.April 16 Budget Summary
Budget Update: At the School Board meeting on April 9, 2018, the discussion among the Board determining the direction of the 2018-19 Budget centered on recommended changes to bring the millage rate down from .43 mills (March 19) to .37 mills. The reduced millage rate was due to staffing changes now that instructional staffing needs are almost complete. The Board discussed increasing the budget about $65,000 for safety and security solutions for our students. With that addition, a budget of $99 million was recommended for action on Monday night, April 16. That budget will include funds for the safety position with further discussion centering on criteria for the position. The Board will be taking action on Monday, April 16 to approve a Proposed Final Budget with a .40 millage increase. The millage increase translates into a $40 per year increase in real estate tax for every $100,000 of assessed value for homes in our community. Action on a final budget is planned for the School Board meeting on May 21, 2018. That Budget will reflect changes as may be directed by the Board between April and May. The Proposed Final Budget will be available on the District's website on Tuesday, April 17.
2018-2019 Preliminary Budget
Budget Update: At the March 12 School Board meeting, the Mt Lebanon School Board reviewed the first draft of a Base Budget for 2018-19 continuing programs currently in effect. The Base Budget required a millage increase of .54 mills to balance revenues and expenditures allocating $750,000 of the fund balance to limit the tax impact to the community.
At the March 19 School Board meeting, a revised plan was presented to the Board which eliminated $307,403 of proposed costs including some staffing refinements and moving some costs to the Capital Budget. These revisions dropped the millage increase to .43 mills, below our average millage increase of .48 mills since 2006.
Further refinements will be discussed before a Proposed Budget is presented for Board consideration at the April 16 meeting and a final budget approval on May 21, 2018. See links below to the March 19 presentation and a video of the discussion.
March 19 Budget Presentation (PDF)
March 19 Budget Discussion (video)
Budget Update: Dr. Tim Steinhauer and Business Director Ms. Janice Klein gave a presentation on the variables concerning the 2018-2019 budget at the March 12 School Board Discussion Meeting. They presented issues, known and yet unknown, that will have an impact on the development of the 2018-2019 budget. See the links below to the presentation.MTLSD Budget Presentation (video)
Budget Update:At the January 15, 2018 School Board meeting, the Board approved posting for community review a Preliminary Budget of $99,348,859 requiring a millage rate of 24.66 mills. The Board further authorized the administration to apply for exceptions to the Act 1 of 2006 Index as allowable under the law.