Friday, March 24, 2017

BOE Special Voting Meeting - March 15, 2017: The Budget

The last 10 days have been pretty hectic. I wanted to post this video from the March 17th, Middletown Board of Education meeting last week but wasn't able to get around to it. This meeting was important because the proposed budget for the upcoming 2017/2018 school year was presented to the board.

I watched just the first 20 minutes of the video and wanted to get back to it before posting. However, the Asbury Park Press published an article "Pension ruling blows hole in Middletown school budget", a few days ago and listed all the juicy details that I hadn't got around to viewing. The article was enlightening . If you haven't read it, I think you should. It's not good news for homeowners.
MIDDLETOWN - Annual school taxes for homeowners would jump by $217 on average under a new budget that was forced to account for a multimillion dollar mistake made by the school board 10 years ago.

For the first time, the school board is circumventing the 2 percent cap on property tax increases — nearly doubling it in fact — as the district attempts to move ahead with a $160 million spending plan that includes the equivalent of seven new full-time employees as well as $1.4 million for new turf field and track at High School South.

Also tucked into the budget is an unanticipated $763,000 payment for the Teachers' Pension and Annuity Fund. The money, which represents the first of five annual payments, is a longtime district fear that has now become reality....
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All I'll say at the moment is, I'm not happy. I think some of the frills need to be placed aside for the time being until the pension payments that the BOE has to repay are completed, then they can look at replacing the turf field and track at High School South, along with some of their other proposed capital projects.

A $217 tax increase, on average, for homeowners is a very tough nut to crack. I think this is going to be a big deal!  


Anonymous said...

Replacing the turf field and the track are not “frills”, they are a liabilities and safety concerns in their current condition.

The State has given the school district five years interest free to pay the debt. Why would the school district prepay a five year interest free debt which is still under appeal instead of making much needed repairs to the facilities?

Did you visit the school district website and review the budget presentation? Did you to talk to the district business administrator who could educate you in the interest of having you present an informed opinion on your blog?

What you should be looking into is the township committee’s budget where they claim very publicly to be holding the line while they are taking out a twenty million dollar loan. Why don’t you look into the committee receiving “payments” instead of taxes from certain entities in town thereby allowing these special cases to circumvent the school tax?

Anonymous said...

When HS North was having their field artificialized, they shared the field at HS South. The field a South should be closed to avoid anymore lawsuits. There was less controversy when they played in the "swamp". Ain't nothing like the real thing.

Anonymous said...


There are a lot of newbies in town. You need to run a section giving the long history of turf fields and Middletown South and the people that have been involved in this over the years. Our newer taxpayers should be aware of who is and has been on the Board of Ed making these decisions over the years. The poorly informed voters keep putting in the same sorry board members because most don't know anything about the candidates... and the candidates like it like that.

As it is, our taxes will go up because of moronic decisions in the past from board members who keep winning because of their big signs and not their big intellects.