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School Budget Input Wanted in Wayne

Special meeting will be held Thursday at Wayne Hills High School.

Superintendent Ray Gonzalez / Patch file photo
Superintendent Ray Gonzalez / Patch file photo

There will be a special public meeting on the school district’s budget for the 2014-15 school year.

The meeting is designed so officials can present information on the pending budget and solicit input from residents.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Wayne Hills High School auditorium.

The average homeowners’ school taxes increased $164 last year. The tax levy, the portion of the budget raised by local taxes was $130.4 million. The total budget was $141 million.

The average homeowner paid $5,866 in school taxes last, a 2.5 percent increase from the previous year.

Bobtwo January 11, 2014 at 08:18 AM
Pad, could not have said it better. We can not pay a superintendent more than 175K so he hires an assistant for 160K per year. Who knows what perks are hidden with his package? Where is the savings. Totally out of control. You can play all kinds of games with numbers but the bottom line is that approximately 50% of my real estate tax goes to the Board of Education.
Chicken Little January 11, 2014 at 11:52 AM
@Bobtwo Your comment raises a good question: Is there anyplace in New Jersey that has significantly less than 50% of its local tax earmarked for its school district?
Chicken Little January 11, 2014 at 11:55 AM
"Earmarked" is not an accurate term. But, you get the gist of what I mean.
Bobtwo January 11, 2014 at 01:43 PM
Chicken Little, I don't believe that there is. Since they all have the same administrative structure for the school system and derive their income from the home owner it seems to me that the burden would be the same for each municipality. Because each township budget is comprised of 50% for education does not mean that the budgets are not inflated. The teachers in each town belong to the same union requiring the same benefit packages and salaries. Each town competes against the other, example the expensive middle school that was built in Wayne which we may not have needed or perhaps a less expensive school could have been built. It seems to me that no one wants to hold the line.
Pad January 12, 2014 at 08:41 AM
Salaries and benefits differ from town to town and some towns are fiscally conservative in their budgets. Being fiscally conservative in Wayne is not even thought of because in Wayne the thinking is we always have to have the best. No matter what it cost or the burden on the taxpayers. Wayne has wasted so much tax dollars its unbelievable. The last two superintendent's, the bus move, the PR firm, the new middle school and now these two bozo's that they hired. Yes, it should be public knowledge what these two have in their contracts. Why is he receiving bonuses for meeting goals that he sets for himself? He receives a good salary and he should do his job. BTW Where is #2 and what is she doing? You would think after the incident that she would have been let go! More dirt under the rug at Nellis Drive.

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