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Preliminary School Budget to be Unveiled March 4

Public hearing set for Friday, March 22 at 6 p.m.

A Board of Education meeting will be held on Monday, March 4 at 6:30 p.m. in the high school Lecture Hall to adopt a preliminary budget.

“In the next couple weeks we have a lot of things to do with getting our budget together,” board President Eric Schubiger said, adding that the district will be working “diligently” during the limited window they were given to adopt a budget.

At the next school board meeting on Monday, March 18 at 7:30 p.m., the district will do a formal presentation on the budget.

A public hearing will be held in the Lecture Hall on Friday, March 22 at 6 p.m.

“Right now we don’t have the final numbers from the state regarding state aid. We don’t have a firm grasp of what’s going to happen with federal money with the fiscal cliff coming in March,” school board member Jack Martenak said.

The district expects to have state aid figures by Thursday, Feb. 28 and will be meeting with township Committee members soon to discuss shared services.

Funding could be impacted if Congress fails to halt $85 billion in sequestration spending cuts scheduled to take hold March 1, the White House said Sunday. Funding for education in New Jersey would be slashed by nearly $30 million.

But Superintendent Dr. Sandra Brower said it’s “too early to tell” how those potential cuts could affect the district.

“We are still in budget development,” she said.

New programs such as the implementation of full day kindergarten for the 2013-14 school year as well as technology, random drug testing and school safety initiatives would not be impacted, she said.

“My hope is that there will always be additional state aid to offset the cost of education that is placed on the local taxpayer,” she said.

Last year, the district adopted a budget that included a $99 tax increase on the average homeowner. The board adopted a $64,216,897 spending plan that calls for a $40,090,630 tax levy, a 1.7 percent increase over 2011-12's $39,413,121 levy and the first hike after two years of zero percent budgeting. 

The 2012-13 operating budget included the  for 2012-13,  from 2011 that the district deferred to the current school year and $1.2 million for solar renewable energy credits.

Also last year, the board voted in favor of moving its board elections to November, which eliminated the budget vote if spending plans remain under the state-mandated 2 percent tax levy cap.

If Lacey’s budget does exceed the 2 percent tax levy cap, a referendum would be required.

tr February 26, 2013 at 05:21 PM
Why bother making it look like the BOE is really fighting over where to save. The budget will come in between 1.5% and 1.99999% no doubt. Why-- because they can pass those amounts without it being contested by the Lacey taxpayers. The fact that this year, besides people are leaving town because of job loss and the NJ cost of living, they are leaving town because they have NO HOMES to live in. Will that make a significant difference in maintaining the STATUS QUO? Will the BOE recognize that drastic CHANGE is warranted? Stay tuned and watch this years new episode of How The Stomach Turns!!!
proud February 26, 2013 at 08:10 PM
School budget? I shudder at the very thought of it. Accounts Receivable Tax, Building Permit Tax, CDL license Tax, Cigarette Tax, Corporate Income Tax, Dog License Tax, Death Tax, Excise Taxes, Federal Income Tax, Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA), Fishing License Tax, Food License Tax, Fuel Permit Tax, Gasoline Tax (currently 44.75 cents per gallon – higher in some Blue States!), Gross Receipts Tax, Hunting License Tax, Inheritance Tax, Inventory Tax, IRS Interest Charges IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax), Liquor Tax, Luxury Taxes, Marriage License Tax, Medicare Tax, Personal Property Tax, Property Tax, (Slavery to government that prevents you from REALLY owning your land) Real Estate Tax, Service Charge Tax, Social Security Tax, Road Usage Tax, Recreational Vehicle Tax, Sales Tax, School Tax, State Income Tax, State Unemployment Tax (SUTA), Telephone Federal Excise Tax, Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Tax, Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Taxes, Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax, Telephone Recurring and Nonrecurring Charges Tax, Telephone State and Local Tax, Telephone Usage Charge Tax, Utility Taxes, Vehicle License Registration Tax. Vehicle Sales Tax Watercraft Registration Tax Well Permit Tax Workers Compensation Tax FLOOD INSURANCE TAX? www.stopfemanow.com
Dozer Dave February 26, 2013 at 10:10 PM
Hey you voted for them stop whining and pull your fema clain
Dozer Dave February 26, 2013 at 10:14 PM
Lacey Township High: 2 stars SchoolDigger Ranks Lacey Township High 257th of 389 New Jersey public high schools. (See school ranking list.) Lacey Township: 2 stars SchoolDigger ranks Lacey Township 334th of 558 New Jersey school districts. (See district ranking list

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