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Average Homeowner's School Taxes Could Increase $355

Officials outline proposed expenditures for the 2012-2013 school year.

The school portion of the average homeowner's taxes could increase $355 if the Board of Education approves a $129.8 million tax levy.

The district’s proposed expenditures, and their potential impact on the preliminary budget for the 2012-2013 school year, were outlined at a special meeting at  Tuesday night.

The proposed increase, which includes $174 for the tax levy and $181 for the debt service portion of the budget, would raise the school portion of the average homeowner's tax bill from $5,402 to $5,757. New information shows that the possible tax increase if the new budget is adopted will be 6.5 percent instead of the 4.5 percent that was reported earlier. That earlier number did not include the $181 for the debt service portion of the budget, which is paid by taxpayers.

“We have two goals: One is to be fiscally prudent, the other is to ensure that we continue to make this district excellent and move it forward,” board trustee Mitchell Badiner said.

The Wayne Public School District could spend more than $117 million on salaries and benefits next school year.

Officials outlined, as of the preliminary budget, how much would be spent on several fiscal categories:

Expenditure Preliminary Amount Current amount for 2011-2012 academic year Total salaries and benefits $117.2 million $112.7 million Tuition for students placed out of district $4.2 million $2.8 million Supplies, maintenance $7.4 million $7.2 million Supplies, instructional $3.3 million $4 million Supplies, transportation $2.4 million $2.1 million Other expenditures $3.7 million $2.7 million

The Board of Education asked administrators, including Superintendent Ray Gonzalez, to examine ways of cutting $4.1 million from the budget in order to keep the tax levy within a state-mandated 2 percent increase cap.

"We're giving as much tax relief as we can," said board President Donald Pavlak Jr.

The trustees voted unanimously that they do not support using the approximately $1.7 million in banked cap in this year’s budget. The money was available for the board to apply to this year’s 2 percent tax increase cap because the council voted to cut that much from last year’s budget. The council voted because taxpayers rejected the district’s $124 million tax levy last year.

There will be a special public budget hearing at March 20, similar to the one held Tuesday. The public will have the opportunity to ask officials questions at that meeting. 

The board will adopt the final budget at a special public meeting Thursday, March 29.

The board voted to add another public meeting between March 20 and 29 so residents can be told where the proposed cuts will be made. 

Al Scala March 08, 2012 at 12:13 AM
Why is that? Granted, they are a smaller community. However, economically, as far as income or on a per capita basis, I would assume we are similar. I read this morning that their taxes are actually going down.
Chicken Little March 08, 2012 at 12:31 AM
Soccer2009 Please stop trying to inject facts into the discussion. You will throw the ranters and venters off kilter.
Chicken Little March 08, 2012 at 12:36 AM
Dear Pad Not, that is not the motto in Wayne. However, try this on a bumper sticker or tee shirt: PAY BUCKETS IN STATE INCOME TAXES WHICH GET SENT ELSEWHERE, GET DROPLETS BACK FOR US. That's where your beef should be.
john colligan March 08, 2012 at 01:52 AM
people just remember we can no longer vote on the school budget unless it"s above two percent and wayne was the first town to move the voting to november our rights are being taken away slowly but surely!
Al Scala March 08, 2012 at 02:04 AM
Chicken Little.....then what is our State Senator or Assemblymen who represent our District doing for Wayne? What is Scott Rumana doing for us as far as bringing more of our tax dollars back to Wayne. You'll appreciate this gratuitous comment. The reason being he's too busy installing himself as Chairman of Wayne Energy Corp, which by that little fiasco cost the taxpayers of Wayne about 10 mil. Losing a 2.3 mil grant was only the beginning, because of his shennanigans. See that, I'm not even Irish and I can spell that word.
Pad March 08, 2012 at 03:55 AM
Property tax or State aid it still comes from the taxpayers. This BOE and it's budget is out of control. Look at how many six figure salaries there are. Wayne is top loaded with high paid administrators. They need to make serious cuts, not cut one and hire two. The breakage BS is all smoke and mirrors. The more programs the more they hire. Bringing in out of district students means more traffic, more positions & benefits paid out and possibly more crime. The Mayor and most of the council came from the BOE, most of the BOE wanna be politicians. Wake up! The loss of tax revenue is dropping every year by millions, this will be a record year for tax appeals and for most they will win their appeals. This leaves the rest to make up the loss. This is a losing situation. The BOE has to be satisfied with less. All these new programs & method's most of them have been failures. Get back to basics and use proven method's. I am sure the busing can be outsourced and cost less. Look at the cost of salaries and benefits as compared to actual operating cost. Additions to the existing middle schools would have worked. Did we need a new Middle School with an entire new staff & administration? Who planned a school with only one entrance in & out? If there was an emergency with emergency vehicles coming in and people trying to leave the area this would be a disaster at the entrance. Beuatiful school too bad we can't see it with all the solar panels blocking the entire view of the school.
Justice March 08, 2012 at 06:11 AM
Let's ask these big spenders to alleviate the burden of the taxpayers. LOL http://www.northjersey.com/news/education/030712_Teachers_union_topped_New_Jersey_in_2011_spending_on_lobbying.html?c=y&page=2
Scondo March 08, 2012 at 10:46 AM
You allude to a valid point. There is a relationship to his deficit spending and the diluted value of our currency which in turn causes inflation. As the value of the dollar drops it buys less, so it takes more of them to get product. It will be fun when people realize in about another year that Ron Paul had it right.
taxpayer March 08, 2012 at 12:06 PM
The new Middle School was built because the BOE said the school population would dramatically increase. Have we noticed a sharp increase in the student population since then? No. The BOE is corrupt.
Tratt March 08, 2012 at 02:47 PM
@Chicken Little - very funny comment. Isn't that the truth! It seems like the same people say the same think no matter what the issues or facts are. Sounds like some people have personal political agendas or are sour grapes.
Tratt March 08, 2012 at 03:31 PM
And what about the Adult Community School? I read this is the third audit that shows this program is in the hole for $50,000. Time to cut that one too. Our tax dollars educate our children not to hold yoga classes for my neighbors.
Chicken Little March 08, 2012 at 05:45 PM
Thank you Tratt. That may be true. But, people are frustrated, and much of what is written on these posts is venting. And this medium (the Patch blog), with most of the writers using pseudonyms, tends to bring out sarcasm, wit (some of it not as witty as the writer believes), and I also find that people over-use adjectives and very strong words which tend to overstate things. An extremely small number of posters are simply not readable for me anymore. However, I try to read past the "noise" on some (most?) of the posts, and I try not to be too hard on the people who are writing. I find that almost everyone who posts has something valid to say, even those who do seem to have an axe to grind. The postings are 99% civil (well, maybe only 95 % on a bad day).
Al Scala March 08, 2012 at 06:48 PM
People who take the time to keep their eyes and ears open, in regards to Town matters have a right to vent or rave in a forum they feel comfortable with. The big mistake I made was to get involved in a campaign last year and found out more than I wanted to in regards to the BOE. Going to meetings, reading agendas and meeting minutes opens up your eyes at times. Now that I'm interested in matters, I want to speak in regards to how I feel about BOE or Town Council matters. If people take exception to it, that's fine. They are certainly entitled to their opinion. I simply hope somebody reads these posts and something resonates with them. Hopefully they will take and interest and learn more. Sometimes, change is good . I think as taxpayers, we should be entitled to efficient, transparent and honest government. Is that too much to ask for?
Justice March 08, 2012 at 06:49 PM
Tratt, the reason there is a $50,000 alleged loss in the adult program is due to the non-stop increase in taxes, pushing the seniors out of town. Tax dollars are not meant to only educate children, but to provide services to protect the citizens of this entity.
Justice March 08, 2012 at 06:57 PM
Last election, there were many posters whose prime objective was to attempt to brainwash the public into what a wonderful town this was. Shortly afterward, it was found that these posters were from the college and were asked to use their skills to "swing" the election. They didn't live in Wayne, nor care about Wayne. It was a sociology experiment to them. Whereas, some of the posters may rant and rave; but I prefer to read them all and find the truth. The truth will not set the BOE and Council free; but we have a constitutional right to it.
Justice March 08, 2012 at 07:05 PM
http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/declaration_transcript.html "The Declaration of Independence. When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,.."
Justice March 08, 2012 at 07:11 PM
The Declaration of Independence Con't "-That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.--"
Chicken Little March 08, 2012 at 08:22 PM
Hello Al. I think you took my comments as a criticism of you, but I really wasn't talking about you. (However, your posts do have a certain "je ne se qua," but that's ok). You trying to get involved was not a mistake. More people should get involved. People complain about the BOE. But each year, in a town with about 20,000 people eligible to serve, only 3 or 4 new people step up each year to run (in addition to two or three incumbents). And these people are volunteers, have jobs and families, and usually are not educational professionals (which is not necessarily a bad thing). You obviously have it in for Ceberio, but I think he and the current board is giving a good effort. I realize that being a volunteer doesn't give one a free pass; you still need to do a good job. But, we are not talking about career politicians (even the ones who move on or try to move on to other office). Most BOE and town council members do not. Also, these are not people trying to govern from Trenton or Washington, D.C. They do what they do in our/their own back yard. They are impacted by the decisions they make. They meet us (their constituents) everywhere the go in town.....the supermarket, Dunkin Donuts, the Little League field. They are more accessible and responsive than our reps in Trenton or D.C. As for efficient, transparent and honest government, there is always room for improvement, that's for sure. (Term limits for BOE and town council would probably help).
Justice March 08, 2012 at 08:25 PM
Tratt, the only ones with agendas are the ones insisting on protecting the status quo which are in their self-serving interests. Only one of many examples are the Rumananians and his minions. Observe what they did to Brennan who ran against him. Observe what he did in his own party. Observe all he is involved with. He does not deserve to be an Assembly person for any district, let alone this one.
Watching Tax March 09, 2012 at 05:43 AM
The town needs to control the spending, no one can keep up with the taxes in Wayne or the state of NJ. Anyone that thinks we need full time counselors in the grammar schools need to have their head examined. Let the teachers teach and have the parents take care of their own children. More parents need to be parents like when I went to school years ago. I agree that it is insane to raise taxes, stay in the two percent and be happy.
Watching Tax March 09, 2012 at 05:54 AM
It is insane that they would even mention any type of increase even if they want to make cuts. Wayne is going to have lots of homes but no one living in them the way the taxes are. Look at sales in Wayne and how many people are trying to sell and get out. The town needs to control all of the spending they are doing, the people are not making Moore money why can't the town survive on the 2 percent cap on place. It is funny, they all want More money and make more full time positions that are not needed in the grammar schools.
Justice March 09, 2012 at 12:47 PM
There are only 50 comments on this article; however there are currently 439 comments on an article that wants to keep Coach Olsen as both coach and ad. This says it all about the priorities and the status quo in Wayne.
Chicken Little March 09, 2012 at 03:00 PM
Yes, Justice, yes. (Note my 3/8/12 plea to pam roz and eyes wide shut, re the coach postings). Also, Town Hall was packed for the BOE meetings involving football. But only 18 people came to the 3/6/11 special budget meeting at Wayne Valley HS. Your comments remind me of a famous statement (I don't recall the person who is credited with the statement): "we get the kind of government we deserve."
Al Scala March 09, 2012 at 03:05 PM
Puts it all in perspective, doesn't it?
Scondo March 09, 2012 at 03:19 PM
Well copy and paste the link to this article and send it to your friends in Wayne.
Justice March 09, 2012 at 07:15 PM
@ Chicken Little, it was French political philosopher, Alexis de Tocqueville said that in a democracy, we get the government we deserve.
Kallybaby March 10, 2012 at 12:11 PM
Soccer2009... did we really need a school that like Anthony Wayne that looks like it belongs in 90210? Unfortunately probably none of the school districts are doing what I suggest and that is why New Jersey's taxes are out of control. Why do the schools get pay increases when no one else does, they should be happy to have a job. Take a look at what Bobtwo stated, this is exactly what is happening, they remove the budget from the public vote. Soccer2009, I am sure you probably work for the school system, I went to school in Wayne and I am sure if they made some cuts as I suggested the schools would still be just as good. Does this great school system make our homes worth more in this economy? Does the increase in school taxes help to sell our homes? I think no to both.
Kallybaby March 10, 2012 at 12:15 PM
Why? Why do we need a higher level school system? What is wrong with the school system right now? And if the schools are so important then cut some other town related jobs that are not needed.
Kallybaby March 10, 2012 at 12:17 PM
I agree with Al, I don't think he should reduce or cut down any of his comments. If other towns can cut their taxes, why can't Wayne?
Justice March 10, 2012 at 01:04 PM
Prior to this escalating school tax situation, we had a BOE that was reasonable and kept costs within budget. Mrs. Hermann ran it and was wonderful. I wish she could run it again and do away with all this nonsense and patronage jobs.

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