- Township Of Upper St Clair
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On Monday night, the Township of Upper St. Clair Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the 2020 budget with no tax increase.
For the 11th consecutive year, the Township’s real estate tax rate will remain at 3.83 mills and the earned income tax rate will remain at 0.80 percent.
“The 2020 budget allows the Township to continue providing high quality services in the coming year while keeping an eye on the future,” stated Township Manager Matthew R. Serakowski.
Upper St. Clair staff will continue to explore opportunities for sidewalk construction in 2020, focusing on areas where current segments can be connected and neighborhoods can be linked to civic amenities.
The next phase of the perimeter trail is expected to commence in 2020. The project will extend from its current end near Rostron Drive towards the Morton Fields Complex. The final trail segment to connect to the Morton Fields Complex is planned for 2021.
At the Community & Recreation Center, the most significant capital project will be the $1,000,000 replacement of the HVAC unit that serves the indoor pool area. Additionally, the routine annual replacement of fitness and aquatics equipment will continue in 2020. The Community & Recreation Center’s Facilities Implementation Team is expected to make several major recommendations to the Board of Commissioners in 2020 related to capital improvements and rates.
Upper St. Clair’s partnership with PennDOT on a two-year plan to improve the traffic signals along Route 19 will continue with four more intersections slated for 2020. Upper St. Clair Staff will also work with PennDOT to coordinate its roundabout project at the intersection of McLaughlin Run, McMillan and Lesnett roads. The project is slated to begin in 2020, starting with sewer improvements in the area.
The Township again received two recognitions from the Government Finance Officers Association of the US & Canada (GFOA) during the year. The GFOA Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting was received for the 31st time. The Township also received its 11th consecutive GFOA Distinguished Budget Presentation Award. Upper St. Clair is one of only five municipalities in the entire Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to receive both awards. The 2020 budget document continues to meet the GFOA’s award criteria.
View the entire 2020 budget here.
Back (L-R): Commissioner Daniel Paoly; Director of Finance Mark Romito
Front (L-R): Marlene Peck; Bonnie Antonelli; Taylor Sullivan
The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) awarded the Township of Upper St. Clair with the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the Township’s comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR). The Township also earned the GFOA's Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the 2018 budget document.
On Monday night during the Board of Commissioners meeting, Commissioner Daniel R. Paoly formally recognized the Finance Department for both achievements.
The CAFR award is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management. The CAFR is judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program, which includes demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR.
The budget award reflects the Township's commitment to meeting the highest principles of government budgeting. The budget is judged on its proficiency in serving as a policy document, financial plan, operations guide and communications device.
Upper St. Clair was one of only four municipalities in Pennsylvania to receive both awards last year.
Visit the Finance page to view the Township’s annual financial reports and budgets.
On Monday night, the Township of Upper St. Clair Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the 2019 budget with no tax increase.
For the 10th consecutive year, the Township’s real estate tax rate will remain at 3.83 mills and the earned income tax rate will remain at 0.80 percent. The tax rates remain unchanged despite the severe flash flooding Upper St. Clair citizens experienced on June 20, 2018.
“The Township’s response to this disaster was made possible in part by many years of sound, responsible financial management, “ stated Township Manager Matthew R. Serakowski.
“The 2019 budget again reflects the Township’s continued commitment to long-term financial planning which positions us so that the next time we are faced with unanticipated expenses like those resulting from the flash flooding, we can once again respond without hesitation and without disrupting or reducing the quality of services that Township residents expect.”
In 2018, the Township received its 10th consecutive Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA). The 2019 budget document continues to meet the GFOA’s award criteria.
View the full 2019 budget here.
The Township’s real estate tax rate will remain at 3.83 mills and the earned income tax rate will remain at 0.80 percent.
Continued planning and construction of several transportation projects will take place during 2018. The Township received grant funding to improve the traffic signals at the intersections of McMurray and Johnston roads, as well as Panther Pass, McMurray and McLaughlin Run roads. Improvements to the intersection of Boyce and Boyce Plaza roads should be completed in 2018, with developer contributions and grants covering most of the cost. The Township will continue to work with PennDOT on upcoming improvements to the intersection of McLaughlin Run, Lesnett and McMillan roads.
The Township recognizes the benefits of well-maintained streets and is committed to a regular schedule of street repairs. The annual Street Improvement Program is projected at $1,700,000, an increase of $100,000 over last year.
In 2018, the Township plans to reinvest in its facilities with a variety of building projects. This includes construction of a new tennis and golf administration building on McLaughlin Run Road and a renovation of the McLaughlin Run Activity Center. Discussion and study of future space allocation within the municipal building will also take place in 2018, keeping in mind the growing needs of the Upper St. Clair Police Department and the pending departure of the Upper St. Clair School District administration offices.
Going on 10 years strong, the Township plans to reinvest in the Community & Recreation Center by undertaking a facility assessment study in 2018. The objective is to develop long-term recommendations for future facility and program enhancements. Several capital projects are also planned for the C&RC including pool deck resurfacing, and replacement of fitness equipment and community room furniture.
In 2017, the Township received its ninth consecutive Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA). The 2018 budget document continues to meet the GFOA’s award criteria.