PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Pittsburgh residents will see an increase in their property taxes next year.
The Pittsburgh Public School Board voted on Friday to increase the millage rates to cover the $180 million deficient in the budget they passed last week.
Last week, the board voted to approve a $665 million spending plan for next year, doing so without increasing property taxes.
On Friday they agreed to increase taxes .12 mills or about $12 more per $100,000 accessed on your property.
“The full increase wasn’t as large as people made it to be and it was going to take care of this upcoming year,” board president Sylvia Wilson said.
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According to the district’s Chief Financial Officer Ronald Joseph, this doesn’t settle anything past 2020, and they will be back in this boat again next year.
The raise in millage left the district with a shortfall, but they will use money from a rainy day fund to cover for 2020.
“Next year we are going to be back in the same position,” Joseph said after the meeting.
According to Solicitor Ira Weiss, lawmakers in Harrisburg contribute to the budget problems facing the school district.
“When legislators don’t fund education how they should, they are in essence increasing local taxes,” he said.