Business Services

Last Updated: 8/23/2023 3:47 PM

Director of Business Services
Kathie Manning

Accounting Coordinator
Audra Bailey

As the Director of Business Services, I oversee the support services of budgets and finance, student information system data, purchasing, food service, and warehouse operations.  It has been a pleasure to serve in this capacity for Payson Unified School District since 2011.
We have a great team in Business Services and take pride in ensuring resources are available for students and staff that support the district mission of “creating confident, successful and responsible citizens by providing quality education and training in a safe and supportive environment.”
It is our goal to ensure the citizens of our community feel confident that PUSD is fiscally responsible with the resources that are afforded to us.  PUSD has received The Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting from both Arizona School Business Officials International and Government Finance Officers Association for over twenty consecutive years.
Kathleen Manning,
Director of Business Services

What happens within the Business Office:

Assist the Governing Board in Fiscal Matters
Establish and maintain budgets and expenditures by funding source, including grants
Ensure internal controls are in place protecting the district’s assets
Ensure procurement laws and regulations are adhered to
Respond to Public Inquiries related to District Finances
Gather and report accurate student enrollment data
Reconcile cash accounts housed at banks and the Gila County Treasurer
Provide accurate information to Gila County that is used to set property tax rates
Interpret changes to laws and regulations governing school district finances
Timely payment to vendors
Negotiate and issue Purchasing contracts

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 maintaining a foundation of quality education for all students. For information regarding Gila County property tax rates, click here. If you have any questions regarding Payson Unified School District’s tax rates, please contact our Director of Business Services.

Previous Year's Annual Financial Report

View our completed and submitted Annual Financial Report (AFR)


The Payson Unified School District Business Services Department manages an aggregate budget of approximately $20 million dollars that includes funds such as Maintenance and Operations, Capital, Federal, State and Local grants, Debt Service, and Donations.  The latest independent audit performed by Clifton Larson Allen, LLP PC, noted that the District’s financial position is “presented fairly in all material respects.”  We have had three consecutive audits with no audit findings.

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