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Toms River Regional Budget To Top $204 Million

Toms River regional budget hearing is March 28; spending plan to carry $0.7785 tax rate for Toms River

Toms River Regional Schools will hold a budget presentation March 28 to outline a $204.362 million operating budget, with a possible tax rate of $0.7785 per $100 on Toms River property owners.

That night, the school board will hear comments from the public before voting on the budget, in a meeting at at 7:30 p.m.

The anticipated total operating budget for Toms River Regional is up $4 million over 2011-2012, climbing to $204.362 million.

Taxes could climb in Toms River, although state aid increased. The district budgeted more for instruction, but officials said the spending plan is still more than $1 million under the state 2-percent budget cap, and is much less than the state Department of Education suggests it spend for a district of its size.

Revenue: taxes, state aid, tuition

The $0.7785 tax rate would be for Toms River residents, as separate tax rates are paid by the other towns that make up the Toms River regional district: South Toms River, Pine Beach and Beachwood.

The tax rate for Toms River residents could grow 3.96 cents to $0.7785 per $100, up from $0.7389 per $100.

In Toms River, where the 2011 average home assessment is at $376,778, the proposed school tax could amount to a $149 increase to a $2,933 annual tax payment.

The total anticipated tax levy revenue for Toms River Regional Schools would be $132.719 million, up $1.6 million from last year.

Funding the growing budget is a larger tax levy, more tuition dollars, and higher state aid over 2011-12.

State aid is up: There is $67.278 million proposed, which is $2.9 million more in state aid.

The district also expects $916,176 in tuition dollars from its sending-receiving agreements, which is $23,000 more.

Instruction expenses increasing

District officials said this year's budget maintains existing levels of programs and staffing.

However, the number of students expected for 2012-13 is up, growing by 46 to 17,032 pupils in Toms River Regional.

The cost of regular instruction is increasing by $2 million to $63,662,589. Special education expenses would total $15,383,891, up $900,000.

Basic skills and remedial education costs will grow by $171,000 to a total $1.213 million. Bilingual education will cost $20,000 more, at $430,500.

Toms River Regional Schools Business Administrator Bill Doering said the district is more than $1 million under the 2 percent property .

Savings are also expected from the installation this last year of on the roofs of 11 schools in the district, netting $100,000 in electrical savings this year, Doering said.

The school district has posted its “user-friendly budget” document online.

dave March 26, 2012 at 10:12 AM
lets use rittaco's bribe money,2 million? what about that?
Proud DEM March 26, 2012 at 11:52 AM
Here we go againnnnnnnnnnnnn !!!!!!! Now that the Board doesn't have to have an election to approve the budget, they go ahead and raise our taxes and make it look good that it's under the 2 percent Tax levy......how convenient. What about a freeze in spending? Cutting costs? Removing extra people? Consolidating Human Resources? Decreasing Upper Management?? NAAAAHHHHH that's TOO hard for Toms River !! The nepotism, corruption, and cronyism would be affected.....And where's our wonderful, newly elected Mayor in all this?? Wake up from the afternoon nap, Mr. Kellaher...Put on the big boy pants and show us some leadership!!!!
1stcav March 26, 2012 at 12:14 PM
The first chance they get and they stick it to us, I hoped they would be smarter than this, the new board! What don't you understand about , "We don't have it, No ! We lost money on that cafe, run by MJR tart , and now freeze everything, same money as last year, deal with IT ! People have lost jobs and homes, have you looked in the papers, homes lost , are pages long, what is wrong with these people on the TR BOE......
R Silva March 26, 2012 at 12:25 PM
Why have a hearing??? They will do what ever the the Admin says.
suz March 26, 2012 at 12:31 PM
Are you kidding me! I hope we all remember this when it is time for re-election. Christie sure was right about trying to get the NJEA to act responsible! I hope takes a closer look at Toms River!
Fedup March 26, 2012 at 12:34 PM
Only 15 days before the greatest show on earth starts in Trenton, I can't wait!
Oscar Wilde March 26, 2012 at 01:26 PM
another $150 INCREASE !!!!..... on top of the freeloaders county increase.....THIS MADNESS IS NEVER GOING TO STOP PROPERTY TAX REVOLT !!!!!! BEFORE YOU WAKE UP HOMELESS !!!!!
Oscar Wilde March 26, 2012 at 01:29 PM
but officials said the spending plan is still more than $1 million under the state budget cap, and is much less than the state Department of Education suggests it spend for a district of its size. I AM SICK OF OFFICIALS EVERYWHERE USING THIS LOAD OF CRAP STATEMENT..... i also blame christie for this.....you gave them an easy out to raise school taxes 2% EVERY YEAR .......that is $150 increase YEAR AFTER YEAR YEAR.....where does he think people are going to get this money ????
Mr. ? March 26, 2012 at 01:30 PM
"People have lost jobs and homes, have you looked in the papers, homes lost , are pages long, what is wrong with these people on the TR BOE......"JUST (MORE) AS IMPORTANT, WHAT IS WRONG WITH THE TAXPAYERS IN TOMS RIVER? Its like a toilet. Its a downward spiral. Unfortunately "the stuff" that stinks, here just doesn't seem to disappear! So taxes go up, foreclosures go up, people and businesses go out, revenue goes down, rates and taxes go up some more. So TR will see another 3.9% increase in school purpose taxes! When it comes to rateables, I guess I can say our mayor and council are doing a lousy job...more than lousy! Oh, but lets blame the economy. We will do that, and build a softball field, indoor tennis court, and leave all our friends and their distressed properties alone. Please Mr. code enforcer man, don't bother my buddy with violations cause Mayor does not want any stress in his day!
Can't shut me up March 26, 2012 at 02:40 PM
I'm sitting down and doing a TAX APPEAL right now. We are not going to stop the BOE slobs but we can file an appeal. I'm guessing since my home is 100K over assessed so is YOURS. Get the appeal form at www.tax.co.ocean.nj.us Call a realtor in your area and ask them for all comps equal to your home in your area that sold between 10/10-10/1/11. The cost of the appeal is $25.00. Let's fight them at their game. The deadline to do an appeal is 4/2/2012. If enough people do this, this will kick them where it hurts...IN THE WALLET!!
Superstar4Ever March 26, 2012 at 02:51 PM
I thought the new Board would be our saviors but they are just more of the same. The only ones benefiting are the BOE, their family members who work in the schools and the teachers. And all at the broke Taxpayers expense.
Mike L March 26, 2012 at 03:35 PM
I would assume by you statement that you are new to the area, or that you don't know too much about the BOE.....As of the past election there were three seats changing, and they did.... to the GOOD side. But there are 6 still on the BAD side or known as the MJR side. The majority rules and we have not had our day. And since you were probly not as the last meeting; because of Chrisites Cap was approved by the MJR 6, it was also voted that up and coming elections were pushed from April to November.....So we are stuck with the six till then. Go to a meeting an get involved....IT'S YOUR MONEY!!!!
Mike L March 26, 2012 at 03:48 PM
Just got a quick question, In July of last year the State gave back to 580 School districts more funds and 20 of those district returned it to the taxpayers. Where in the 600 million dollars given back is our share at the moment. Those funds were not given back and we were told that they would be used "NEXT" year. Now what I ask, is those funds( which are part of our last years taxes) and the increase in the new Years budget by the BOE put them over the CAP. When is enough enough!
Mr. ? March 26, 2012 at 04:12 PM
Yes Smartzonemary, I am also doing an appeal. Your conclusion is wrong, as only those who do not appeal will pick up the burden. They lose and pay more. "this will kick them where it hurts...IN THE WALLET!! Wrong! they will only re-adjust the rate to collect the SAME revenue and more with any increase to their budget. This is what is happening in TR and the 3.96 cents increase and our towns decrease in the total evaluation. Of course at the budget hearing
JD March 26, 2012 at 05:43 PM
Do the math... it's a 5.4% tax increase.... The TR administrators failed the NJAsk Math exam...
Tired of the status quo March 26, 2012 at 09:30 PM
If you take a look at the make up of the BOE you will see that there are only THREE new members voting against the "RITACCO 6". So, as I see it these three members are out voted two to one.The only way that the taxpayers seem to stand a chance is when we are able to vote out the "RITACCO 6 starting with in Toms River: Jack Reuther and Gus Kakavas and in South Toms River: Jamie Jubert this November. Then in November of 2013 we can get rid of the other three starting with Toms River:Tom Baxter Pine : Mike Jedziniak and Beachwood: Ed Gearity. We will still be stuck with all of their friends and family members who have jobs in the district but, at the very least we can say that they (the Ritacco 6) will be unable to vote for anything ever again. Now, after we the taxpayers are done changing the make up of the board then perhaps we can lower the number of administration that this district has in its employment. But, before this is to happen we need to find a way to close that "MONEY PIT" that they call Cafe 1144. Isn't the cafe losing in excess of $250,000.00 a year Mr. Doering?
Marion Warr March 26, 2012 at 10:12 PM
I want them GONE! When is an anti-nepotism rule to be adopted by this school board? If the board can't have a meaningful vote on issues, because there are too many members either not in attendance or abstaining members having family who work for the school district, how can any work be accomplished by this school board? I didn't elect school board members to NOT vote on items on their agenda because of conflict of interest. I want the six remaining members of the old school board, or their relatives, to leave the employ or service of the school district. Pick one, you can't have both.
Greg March 26, 2012 at 10:36 PM
Marion: From you fingers to God's ears!!!! These people need to GO as well as their friends and family!!!!!!
TGHTB March 27, 2012 at 03:53 PM
I calculate it to be a 5.4% increase, not less than 2% as related in the article. Am I missing something? I am looking at the numbers wrong?
dee March 28, 2012 at 12:12 AM
who ever knows where the money really goes...How about giving the Teacher's Aides a raise and more than $.50 and that was 3 years ago, and of course our property taxes will go up...anything else????

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