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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.

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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