Wayne Lost $35 Million In Tax Base Since Last Year

Smaller base helps push taxes higher

The township lost $35 million of its tax base between this year and last year, a loss that is contributing to the average homeowner being asked to pay $182 more in school taxes, officials said.

The average homeowner's property is valued at $229,000.

While the number may seem large, it only represents a small portion of Wayne's $5.2 billion tax base.

“The tax levy isn’t the only portion of the budget that impacts local taxes,” said Juanita Petty, the Wayne School District’s business administrator.

Petty and the gave a presentation Tuesday about the district’s proposed budget for the 2012-2013 school year.

The $182 represents a 3.3 percent increase for the average homeowner. The district’s proposed tax levy is approximately $129.8 million. Of that $129.7 million, $117.2 million would fund employee salaries and benefits, a nearly 4 percent increase year to year. The district spent $4 milllion on instructional supplies this school year. It is projecting to spend about $3.3 million this year.

In an effort to keep taxes down, the board has opted not to add an additional $1.7 million in banked cap funds. The after taxpayers in April.

“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 previously said.

District officials will hold another public hearing on the budget on Monday, March 26. Officials may discuss possible cuts to programs and services. The district’s final budget is scheduled to be approved at a special meeting March 29.

Al Scala March 26, 2012 at 02:56 PM
Wayne Parent......What I want along with I think all taxpayers is to have our town gov't run efficiently, cost wise and to have honest and open government. Is that too much to ask for? There are too many things that are politically tainted where it is clear that party and power come before the people. Many of them have been posted over the last year or so. As far as our BOE goes, I want the best possible education given to our children at the most reasonable cost. Is that too much to ask for. I run my own business and have to sacrifice when things are not good. I just can't assess thousands of taxpayers to pay up for what I want or feel I need. I have to be prudent and efficient. I expect them to do the same.
Rob Burke March 26, 2012 at 03:11 PM
For what its worth, and to state the obvious: If you want a high quality public education you need good teachers. If you turn teachers into punching bags, some of the best ones will decide to do something else. If you retain horrible teachers due to cronyism or some other reason, the kids taught by them will lose out. And I think this country can make the comeback of the century only with a major focus on education. We are less competitive globally today than we were 20 years ago, and our education system has fallen down. That said, I agree wholeheartedly with Al. Its enough with the lack of transparency and corruption throughout this local government. We deserve better and the government officials are obligated to serve honestly in our collective best interests. And they haven't been, and that's been well established. Sure, Rumana was toppled. Big deal. That didn't change my taxes or yours. It didn't clean up the Township government. You really want change? Posting on WaynePatch is an essential tool to accomplish that -- but its not enough. Mobilize now, before election time. Get involved. Have community bbq's and coffee klatch's. Get the conversation going and keep it going. Don't wait til October or November. Take control of our future. You can do it if you want to.
Justice March 26, 2012 at 04:10 PM
@Wayne Parent, what you are stating does not make sense. Private sector employees have worked long hours without additional pay and often without incentives. I have yet to see evidence of public employees working an extra minute without some form of incentive, whether is financial or favors. Show me, a side by side comparison of hours, benefits etc. since the early 80's when the United States business environment became globally influenced. Again, show me the money.
Justice March 26, 2012 at 04:12 PM
As respects to the quality of teachers today. It is unfortunate that the best teachers have continued to take their skills to the "private sector" since the mid-seventies, when it became obvious that the only way to get a teaching job in the public school system, was to know someone on a BOE. Show me how many teachers in the suburban school districts actually live in the towns they teach in and didn't receive a "favor" for their jobs. SHOW ME. Show me the number of teachers who become tenured in a suburban school system who have had no "favors" from the BOE. Get me affidavits, anything that exemplifies that these people are the true, wholesome individuals who are influencing our children's minds. The mere fact that most students cannot reiterate current events or geography is not on individuals who want to reign in outlandish salaries and benefits; but on the school systems that are teaching them. It is very convenient to forget about the constitution, etc. when teaching the young minds. History has examples of what happens when mob-thinking is taught and the individual is stifled. Does Germany in the mid-thirties mean anything to you?
Wayne Parent March 26, 2012 at 05:14 PM
Justice. Are you serious or delusional? So...people in the private sector, in good markets, just keep their flat salaries? When employees of technology companies experienced the boom in the late 90s, they weren't rewarded? When housing prices skyrocketed, real estate brokers, landlords and property managers didnt experience an economic increase? Rational people who enter the private sector do so because of the possibility that you may be rewarded handsomely. That profit motive is what drives the economy (I am not even a Republican, but I agree with them on this). It is why I work in the private sector. If it werent for the possibility of financial advancement, I would do something else. But in the public sector...you have taken that out of the equation. Employees there are trading off the profit motive. They receive something in exchange for the tradeoff...security. That is how deals work...even in the private sector. You say stuff like "Private sector employees have worked long hours without additional pay and often without incentives" and I want to gag. Nobody works in the private sector for free. They do it for money. If they take a pay cut and continue to work...it isnt because there arent incentives...the incentive is "not being unemployed." Basic economics.
Wayne Parent March 26, 2012 at 05:24 PM
The only 2 teachers I know in the Wayne schools were hired in the last 5 years. They both live in Wayne and didn't pull any favors to get their jobs. They both work like crazy. Quit it with your paranoid ramblings. Nobody is going crazy trying to get into the cushy teacher lifestyle. If you were pulling strings and making backroom deals, one would think it would be for something that didnt max out at around $80K a year...after 30 years on the job. Hopefully you would be aiming a bit higher with your string pulling.
Justice March 26, 2012 at 05:43 PM
@Wayne Parent, once again what credentials do you have to call someone delusional and paranoid? You are taking things very personal which leads me to believe that we have hit a nerve with you and you have much to gain from not wanting financial accountabilities. In the future, keep your personal remarks to yourself as they are very telling of the quality of the generation that thinks they know everything and are not open to a fair discussion for accountability.
Justice March 26, 2012 at 05:44 PM
@Wayne Parent, obviously, you have much time on your hands and to much to gain from the high property taxes. Who are you talking to? What qualifies you to state that someone has paranoid ramblings when all they want is a financial accountability for what they have to pay. What string pulling are you referring to? Obviously, you know more than what you are letting on.
Wayne Parent March 26, 2012 at 07:52 PM
Justice....you said the following: "Show me how many teachers in the suburban school districts actually live in the towns they teach in and didn't receive a "favor" for their jobs. SHOW ME. Show me the number of teachers who become tenured in a suburban school system who have had no "favors" from the BOE."
Wayne Parent March 26, 2012 at 08:05 PM
My credentials? I am a private sector professional who lives in Wayne and pays taxes. I hold an undergraduate degree from an excellent university and a professional degree from a top 10 school in my field. But none of those credentials matter. It doesnt take much in the way of credentials to see the following as sheer lunacy: "It is very convenient to forget about the constitution, etc. when teaching the young minds. History has examples of what happens when mob-thinking is taught and the individual is stifled. Does Germany in the mid-thirties mean anything to you?" When you are having a discussion about fiscal responsibility and you imply that mob thinking is being taught and we are headed towards Nazi Germany if your taxes for up by a few hundred dollars, you dont need to be well educated to see that nonsense for what it is. You could even have Sarah Palin's credentials.
Justice March 26, 2012 at 08:23 PM
@Wayne Parent, take your status quo rhetoric, pay the high taxes without complaining, call people who disagree with your mindset psychological names and do what you feel is necessary to get what you want. You will further prove how self-centered some of the people of your generation are. I have reason to believe that you are actually a teacher who claims to be working in the private sector. While you are at it, you can pay my property taxes since you are totally happy with the education system. As far as teachers are concerned, you clock in for 180 days a year, making 80,000 plus benefits (per your statement). You neglected to state if the other teachers in question had the sought after certifications of Math, Science or Special Ed. Wayne Parent, take your nonsense elsewhere.
Wayne Parent March 26, 2012 at 09:02 PM
I complain about my taxes all the time. I challenged my assessment this year (and won). I have no problem with calling for fiscal accountability. But the hyperbolic Nazi fear mongering...you crossed the line there. $80,000 is the TOP of the scale. Not what most teachers make. My statement was that they "max out at around $80K a year...after 30 years on the job." The point is...unlike the private sector employees, there is not the possibility of unlimited riches. Again...you dodged my question...if teachers were willing to take cuts now because you think they should be treated like private sector employees, if the market turns around and property values and stock market rise rapidly...will you raise teacher salaries to keep up with increases in the private sector? Or do you just want them to share in the pain without letting them share in the gains? Also...I am NOT a teacher. But teachers played a large role in allowing me to be where I am today. And I value their work. I value their commitment. I value what they do. And I am willing to pay for that value. As for your complaint about teachers not living in Wayne. While the 2 I know do live in Wayne, they are both married to someone who makes much more than a teacher. A starting teacher does not make enough money to buy a home in our town. Despite all of your claims about how teachers are rolling in money, there is no way a family could buy in Wayne if the primary earner was a teacher in our town.
Justice March 26, 2012 at 09:25 PM
You call it Nazi fear mongering. I call it for what it is. Remove the will to complain, accept the status quo and what is the difference between Germany in the mid-thirties and the current economic politically apathetic climate? Furthermore, I had relatives who suffered immensely in the German concentration camps. So, please do not accuse me of fear mongering.
Pad March 26, 2012 at 10:20 PM
Hey Wayne Parent, The average worker professional & non professional works alot more then 180 days a year, they don't have LIFETIME family health payments for thier entire lifetime, enjoy the amount of sick days that teachers have and cash in when they retire. Now the cash in is capped so they just go out sick in the end. Plus they don't have tenure also. Look at the salaries paid in Wayne, many teachers exceed $80k a year. As taxpayers we pay for these lifetime health benefits, the abused sick day's and the bad teacher they can't get rid of due to tenure. On the outside you don't produce your out. Many salaried people put in many extra hours, work at home for no extra pay. Let there be a cloud in the sky and half the teachers call in sick when school is open. In the real world they have absentee policies, out too much and your let go. The waste in Wayne is unbelievable. Jobs are created for certain people at the BOE and thats for sure. OPEN YOUR EYES!
Al Scala March 26, 2012 at 10:26 PM
Wayne Parent.....my wife is a teacher in a public school system. You don't have to convince me how hard she works. She leaves home a little after 7am and does not leave school until at least 4:15 or so. She teaches here in Wayne. Many a night, at least 4 nights a week, she is sitting in the family room marking papers or doing something related to lesson plans. When not doing that she is on the internet exploring things she could use in her teaching. Hers is certainly not a 40 hr work week. I can assure you, teaching is not easy today. Our children are enabled, parents demanding and she has less resources to work with each year due to budget cuts. A good teacher is worth their weight in gold! The teaching is done in the trenches, the classroom. Give our children and teachers more resources and stop the wasteful spending on top such as the hiring of a PR firm. I'll continue below!
Al Scala March 26, 2012 at 10:32 PM
Did you know that our BOE took Mrs Pandolfi out of Anthony Wayne as Principal this school year, so she could shadow our then Super and intern so to speak for her hours required to get her certificate. That nesessitated us hiring an acting principal and Asst Principal, while still paying Mrs Pandolfi's salary, which I believe was in the 140k range. Stop this kind of bullcrap, and give that $ to the kids or put it back in the budget for supplies. Did we ever do this for any other principal in town? NO! Why?....Ask Don Pavlak why! Some people are fair haired here in town and others not! Yup, the good old boy system is alive and well in our school system.
Rob Burke March 26, 2012 at 11:17 PM
Teachers are not the enemy nor are they the problem with property taxes. The property tax problem is driven by the bloated municipal budgets and the ridiculous redundancy fueled by the need to dole out patronage positions on the backs of taxpayers. You want to see the further decline of America? Now the schools will be required to administer four standardized tests a year to determine whether the students are being adequately prepared for standardized tests. Somehow that will tell us if we have good teachers, and the students won't actually be learning much more than how to take a test. At least it won't matter to folks like Christie, who send their kids to private school....
Wayne Parent March 27, 2012 at 01:39 PM
First off...I have family who perished in Nazi Germany. I have travelled back there to visit the camps. Which is why your flippant reference to Nazi germany is so disturbing and sad. If you do not see the differences between the US today and Germany in the 20s and 30s, I suggest reading a book. For starters: 1. Germany post WWI was about the most decimated county in modern history. 2. Germany had been stripped of its means of finance and its military (and most of a generation of German men died in the war). 3. The German currency had become basically worthless. 4. A group preaching extreme nationalism and racism filled the void as the world turned away. This is the comparison you wish to make? Seriously? Shame on you. The funny thing is that Conservatives love to bring up Nazi germany today and the fact that they think Democrats are pushing us towards that...and yet, while most Conservatives in this country are not racists, virtually every racist in this country votes Republican. How many registered Democrats do you think you will find at a Klan Rally? At the next Aryan Nation Day parade?
Wayne Parent March 27, 2012 at 01:51 PM
Again...I am for the elimination of wasteful spending. You want to cut administrators. Show me which ones dont add much value and I will join you in cutting them. Show me which programs arent working...I will join with you to get them eliminated. But when times get tough, do not ask me to join in the scapegoating of teachers mob. Look right above your post. False facts and silly comparisons throughout. First off..."many" teachers are not making over 80K. The average is way below that. Second, teachers make a tradeoff for their benefits...the tradeoff is that you are locked into the scale even in boom times. When the internet bubble took off or the real estate market exploded, were we rushing to rapidly increase teacher pay as well? No. Teachers (and other public employees) give up upside potential for downside protection. Otherwise, why would anyone ever take a public sector job? You want to make teachers like the private sector? Why dont you propose a huge bonus for teachers who get all their kids to pass a standardized test? (didnt think so, and it is a dumb idea)
Justice March 27, 2012 at 02:37 PM
@ Wayne Parent, the shame on you is on you, not me for continuing this ridiculous discourse with bashing and unfounded labels of paranoia and such. Obviously, you are a control freak who goes off topic and has to have the last word. All of a sudden you had family in Germany (after I disclosed my own situation). You are transparent with too much time on your hands.
Wayne Parent March 27, 2012 at 02:46 PM
Are you seriously accusing me of lying about my family's history with the Holocaust? Seriously? I have been back to Auschwitz, Majdanek, Treblinka and the Warsaw Ghetto to mourn them. Dont you dare accuse me of making that up. And that is why I dont like to see people use the Nazi experience as flippantly in rhetoric as you seem comfortable doing. And its funny how I give a thoughtful, coherent analysis about why Germany in the 20s and 30s bears no resemblance to the US of today and you have not one response. Not a single one. Keep up the fear mongering. I await your convincing reply as to how similar the US of today is to Weimar Germany.
Wayne Parent March 27, 2012 at 02:48 PM
"Teachers are not the enemy nor are they the problem with property taxes." Preach on Rob Burke.
Rob Burke March 27, 2012 at 02:51 PM
@Wayne Parent: Do you disagree?
Wayne Parent March 27, 2012 at 03:01 PM
@Rob Burke. I do not disagree at all. I am telling you to preach on against people like Justice who think (and I am using their words) "Furthermore, a profession that needs the cover of a union is not a profession. Unions are/were created for the working class' protection, not for the bastardization that it has become as respects to teachers and government workers." The utter disdain for teachers is amazing. We need more people like you to show everyone that teachers are not the problem.
Rob Burke March 27, 2012 at 04:54 PM
@Wayne Parent: Got it -- I misunderstood your post.
Rob Burke March 27, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Teachers are a critical part of the solution, not the problem in the least. The demonization of teachers is political theater. Think about whether you want your children and their children to be able to understand their bosses when they enter the workforce. Tom Friedman, conservative journalist, said at the National Governor's Conference two summers ago that little Mary, who thinks she has pressure because she doesn't have enough time for Facebook doesn't realize what kind of pressure she will have when she can't understand her bosses thick accent from China or India. Our schools have fallen behind those elsewhere on the planet. Constantly kicking teachers in the head will only make teaching less desirable and send the quality of our school systems into a death spiral. This isn't hard to understand. The political demonization of teachers is all about money. Its part of the class warfare that has engulfed our nation. A true tragedy.
Justice March 27, 2012 at 05:42 PM
@Rob, Just curious. Is your wife/significant other a teacher?
Rob Burke March 27, 2012 at 05:52 PM
@Justice: Sorry, I'm not about to start publishing information about wife, my parents or my children. Its bad enough that Councilboob Scuralli demonizes me because I live in Morristown -- Oh The Horror!!! My family is off limits. Hey, at least I sign my name to what I write and you know who I am. Hardly anyone else does.
Justice March 27, 2012 at 06:19 PM
@ Rob, Please do not be sorry for what you state. You are a genuine individual and I happen to agree with you as respects to family being off limits and I am glad that you made that stand public. Concerning your personal address, the location is totally irrelevant. Business owners, who are often major taxpayers, absolutely have a right and a say to financial accountability. As stated in the past, many citizens and business owners are very concerned about repercussions from the town. The fact that you and a few others actually use their real name is commendable. I, for one, applaud you and someday, I may decide to come out of the closet, (i.e.the broom closet).
Rob Burke March 27, 2012 at 07:07 PM
Thanks, Justice. Yeah, the Councilboobs had some silly idea that since I don't vote in Town, I can't influence their political futures. I wonder. Can they hear me now?


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