Do You Support the Proposed School Budget?
The budget was approved last week with negative response from the public but was given support from residents in attendance in Monday night's meeting. What do you think? [POLL]
When the Millburn Board of Education met at the March 6 meeting, the board approved a preliminary budget of $81,806,821 with a two-percent tax increase.
The two-percent tax increase will raise taxes approximately $15 per $100,000 of assessed valuation. For example, for a township home assessed at $500,000, the taxes will increase an estimated $76.
The $81.8-million proposed budget is a $2.9 million increase from last year's budget.
In that meeting, board members Lise Chapman and Rupali Wadhwa, along with residents in attendance argued against the proposed budget citing too much money was being allocated for infrastructure instead of on teachers and curriculum.
When the board met five days later, Chapman reiterated her concerns about district priorities, saying more teachers should be added to bring down class size instead of fixing sidewalks at Glenwood Elementary School. She also questioned the amount of surplus the school district might have at the end of next year.
"I don't mind spending money going into the schools and programs but not having it stockpiled for some rainy day fear, skepticism or nervousness that could happen down the road," Chapman said. "My whole point was rearranging the priorities."
However, unlike the March 6 meeting, this time residents spoke out in support of the recent budget proposal.
One resident read 50 names of Deerfield residents who also approve the proposal.
When the budget was originally approved last week, residents disagreed with the tax increase and allocation of funds. The audience thanked Chapman and Wadhwa for voicing their opinions.
So what do you think? Do you support the school district's proposed budget for 2013-14 with a 2 percent tax increase?
For a tax analysis at each percentage increase, cut sheet and surplus analysis, please check out budget documents the district released.