Moon Area School District's Business Office is housed in Central Administration and is responsible for most aspects of school district money management including budgeting, accounting, human resources, payroll, accounts payable, purchasing, inventory control and asset management. The primary function of the Business Office is to provide financial support to staff and students of the district as directed by the Board of Education. Please browse the links below to gain a clearer picture of the district's financial state.
Act 1 of 2006 - The Taxpayer Relief Act
Under Act 1 of 2006 (the Taxpayer Relief Act), qualified Moon Area homeowners will receive a reduction in their 2015-16 property tax bill of $130.57 from gaming monies. To qualify, the property must be an owner-occupied residence and the property owner must have filed a homestead exemption application with Allegheny County. To check the homestead exemption status of your property, visit the Allegheny County website.
Pennsylvania School Employee Retirement System Funding Crisis
MASD Board of Education members unanimously passed a resolution during their April 12, 2010, business meeting. The resolution urges lawmakers to pursue legislative action to correct massive problems with the Pennsylvania Public School Employees Retirement System (PSERS). In 2009-10, Moon Area School District contributed 4.78 percent to the system. PSERS Board of Directors already has voted to increase employer contributions to 8.22 percent for the 2010-11 school year, which represents a 72 percent hike over the current contribution rate. However, projections show that within the next four years district contributions to the system will leap to 33.60 percent - a 602 percent increase from current district contributions. They are expected to stay above 30 percent until 2020. All 500 school districts in Pennsylvania are struggling with this issue that has occurred due to a series of actions in Harrisburg and recent stock market drops.
Senior Citizen Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program
Property tax help is available for Pennsylvania senior citizens age 65 and older, widows or widowers age 50 and older and permanently disabled persons age 18 and older as they live on fixed incomes but are faced with rising property taxes. The state Taxpayer Relief Act is helping seniors and disabled residents remain in their homes and make ends meet through property tax relief. The income eligibility level for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program has been raised from $15,000 a year to $35,000 a year, excluding half of Social Security income, and the maximum rebate was increased from $500 to $650 for homeowners. Click here for more information and a downloadable PA-1000 form. Deadline to apply is June 30.
Moon Area School District: Act 1 Referendum Exception Notice
Pursuant to Act 1, the Pennsylvania Department of Education publishes an index % applicable to the Moon Area School District. The District real estate tax increase for the next fiscal year is limited to the index % unless the proposed tax rate is approved by voters pursuant to a referendum or the District qualifies for an Act 1 exception. As a result of special circumstances covered by an Act 1 referendum exception, a tax rate % increase above the index might be required to balance the Moon Area School District budget for the next fiscal year. The tax to be levied is required to provide a quality education program as reflected in the Moon Area School District’s 2018-19 Preliminary Budget.
The Moon Area School District intends to seek approval from the Pennsylvania Department of Education as required by Act 1 for an exception allowing increase of the real estate tax as reflected in the District’s Preliminary Budget. The Preliminary Budget is available for public inspection at the District offices, 8353 University Blvd, Moon Township, PA and on the District’s website: www.moonarea.net. On written request by any District resident or taxpayer, the Moon Area School District will provide a copy of the referendum exception application.