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School District Opts for Online Budget Newsletter

For second year, district stays 'green,' sends budget newsletter online, not the through the mail.

In an effort to be "green," the Millburn Township School District is posting this year's budget newsletter on its website for residents to review online. It is also sending it out to everyone in its email database and to media outlets like Millburn-Short Hills Patch and the Item. (Patch has also posted the newsletter here so you don't have to go the district's website.)

Residents are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the newsletter and the budget documents and come for their last opportunity to ask questions or make comments about the budget before the school board votes on it and sends it to the state.

This year's proposed budget, including debt service, is $85 million, with

The budget calls for a tax levy of 0.65 percent, which is a reduction by half from the 2011-12 tax rate of 1.35 percent.

, there will be on the budget so, district officials remind you, Monday's meeting will truly be your last chance to be heard.

You can hear more about the budget in an interview with Superintendent Dr. James Crisfield, and Lise Chapman, Board of Education Finance Chair, on Hometowne TV and its website for video on demand

The Public Hearing on the budget is on March 26 – the last chance for public comment before the final budget is sent to the state. The meeting will be at the at 7:45 p.m. Monday.

M OKeef March 22, 2012 at 11:31 AM
Further proof of BOE not wanting to communicate with the part of the community that pays taxes (the majority by the way) but that doesn't have children in the school system.
David Harrison March 22, 2012 at 06:07 PM
I applaud this transition and in no way see how this could be viewed as an effort to reduce transparency. This will save money and trees, period. If you have other ideas for other media outlets I'm sure the BOE would listen.

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