Business Services

Director of Business Services             Computer with Dollar Sign
Kathie Manning

Accounting Specialist II
Audra Bailey

Payroll Specialist II
Shelly Bacon

Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting

Congratulations on receiving ASBO International Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting based on your FYE2017 CAFR.
Certificate of Excellence for Financial Reporting
"During this time of diminishing budgets, the Business Office works to ensure that monies are spent with a focus on accuracy, needs assessments and responsible reporting to our constituents to guarantee that we effectively negotiate contracts, discounts and maximize every dollar. In doing so, our commitment to support the students and staff is critical so that they can focus on fulfilling the district mission statement: to create confident, successful and responsible citizens by providing quality education and training in a safe and supportive environment."
Kathleen Manning,
Director of Business Services

What happens within the Business Office:

  • Issue Contracts
  • Process Accounts Payable
  • Prepare Payroll
  • Negotiate and Administer District Benefit Plans
  • Oversee Individual School Accounting Procedures
  • Assist the Governing Board in Fiscal Matters
  • Respond to Public Questions on District Finances
  • Track and Report Grants
  • Manage Workers Compensation and Liability Claims
  • Prepare District Legal Budget
  • Reconcile All Financials With the County School Office

Tax Rate

The valuation of property and the associated property taxes play a key role in providing a source of funding for PUSD. Our communities are vital to our maintaining a foundation of quality education for all students. For information regarding the Primary and Secondary Tax structure, click here to see the Gila County Treasurer's site. You can also find out exactly what the percentage of your tax bill is for Payson Unified School District by clicking here If you have any questions regarding the information you see contact our Director of Business Services


The Payson Unified School District Business Office manages a $14+ million dollar Maintenance and Operations budget, an additional $11 million in federal, state, local and private grants and all capital funds, debt service, donations and fees. The latest independent audit performed by Clifton Larson Allen, LLP PC, noted that the District’s financial position is “presented fairly and in all material respects.”

Previous Year's Annual Financial Report

To view our Annual Financial Report (AFR) please go to the Arizona Department of Education's School Finance web page to view our completed and submitted AFR.

Classroom Site Fund

When voters approved Proposition 301 in November 2000, a special Classroom Site Fund was set up to receive the additional sales tax revenue that was earmarked for education, primarily to increase teacher pay. The Report to the Arizona Legislature provides information on how much revenue school districts spend on classroom personnel, instructional supplies and aids, field trips, co-curricular activities and athletics. Scroll through this report for more information on classroom funding in general and Payson Schools specifically.