School districts in the state of Pennsylvania are required to develop and adopt a district budget in accordance with the ACT 1 of 2006. Act 1 of 2006 requires the Board of School Directors of each district to approve a preliminary budget 110 days prior to the primary elections of that year. The purpose of a preliminary budget is to determine if a referendum question will be necessary to raise adequate revenue to balance the upcoming year’s budget. The school board of directors also have the option to adopt a resolution to accelerate the budget and not exceed taxes above the index.
The Board is also required to approve a proposed final budget 30 days prior to the adoption of the final budget. Section 24 PS 6-687 requires that budget documents be available for public inspection during the 30 day period. This allows the public to inspect the budget prior to its adoptions. Budgets must be approved by June 30th of the prior school year. Upon Board approval, budgets must be filed with the Pennsylvania Department of Education within 30 days of the adoption.
Although the budget process is virtually continuous, it begins in September of each year when the Pennsylvania Department of Education releases the ACT 1 index. The Southern Tioga School District Board of Directors have developed and approved several policies on the development and management of the budget. Board policies can be found on the district’s website at www.southerntioga.org/school_board/board_policy .
The day to day operations of the district are accounted for under the district General Fund. Expenditures cannot exceed the budget by function and object. Budgets are in effect beginning July 1 and ending on June 30th. Once the school board of directors has adopted the budget, the second phase of the budget process begins. During the school year the administration monitors the district’s expenditures and provides the board of directors with quarterly reviews of the district’s year to date expenditures vs. revenues. At the end of each year (June 30), a single local audit is conducted to certifying the district accuracy of the district’s financial records.
This site has been designed to assist our community members and stakeholders with the ongoing changes and challenges we face each year. Budget information will be posted periodically as new information is available and presented to the Board.
INTENT TO ADOPT A FINAL GENERAL FUND BUDGET FOR 2018-19
At their regularly scheduled meeting occurring on May 14, 2018, the Board of Education
of the Southern Tioga School District adopted a proposed final general fund budget for
the 2018-2019 fiscal year in the amount of $ 31,975,016. The general fund budget is
expected to be funded by proposed real estate taxes of 17.2700 mills (1.72700 per $100
of assessed value) in Tioga County and 17.6800 mills (1.680000 per $100 of assessed
value) in Lycoming County. The general fund budget shall be available for public
inspection at www.southerntioga.org and at Administrative Office located, 310 Morris
Street, Blossburg, PA 16912, during the normal business hours of 8:00am to 3:45pm
through June 12, 2018. The Board of Education shall adopt said budget with any
modifications thereto deemed necessary at a regular meeting to be held in the
Professional Learning Hub located at the Southern Tioga School District Administrative
Office on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 6:30PM.
Secretary, Board of Education
Mr. John Ritter, Chair
Mrs. Michelle McDermott
Mr. Ivan Erway
Mr. Stephen Guillaume
- 2014-15 Final Budget
- 2015-16 Final Budget
- 2016-17 Preliminary Budget (presented 12-14-15)
- 2016-17 Proposed Final Budget as of 4-28-16 (adopted 5-9-2016)
- 2016-17 Proposed Final General Fund Budget – Version 2 (updated 5-17-2017)
- 2017-18 Proposed Final Budget – PDE 2028
- 2017-18 Proposed Final Budget Board Packet Presentation (5-8-17)