New Rochelle residents will have the opportunity on Tuesday, June 19 to vote on a new schools budget after overwhelmingly rejecting a $272.8 million spending plan last month.
Last month, voters rejected the district’s initial proposed plan with 3,116 votes against and 1,689 in favor of the proposed $272,804,093 budget, which went over the tax cap override.
As a result, the administration and Board of Education drafted a new $270,381,160 spending plan that “stays within the state tax cap, preserves programming and includes funds to add school counselors and several other positions as well as safety and security measures.
"We knew a tax cap override would be difficult to achieve," Superintendent of Schools Brian Osborne said following the first vote. "The voters have spoken and the administration is listening. We are taking a hard look at the ways by which we can develop a new spending plan that better alleviate the concerns of the District's voters for the June 19 re-vote.”
According to the Board, the cap on the tax levy increase – the amount of money to be raised by property taxes – is 2.231 percent. To stay within that limit, the district administration proposed a series of measures cutting $3.4 million from the tax levy included in the $272.8 million budget voters rejected earlier this month. The tax levy in the new budget is $209,002,162, an increase of $4,560,520 over the levy of $204,441,642 in the current budget.
The newly adopted budget carries an estimated tax rate of $785.72 per $1,000 of assessed value. That’s an increase of $18.95 per $1,000, or 2.47 percent. The current rate is $766.77 per $1,000. Under the adopted budget, the tax bill for a home assessed at $16,000, the city average, would be $12,571.52, an increase of $303.20. Such a home has an estimated market value of $695,000.
Changes from the initial budget include the elimination of the planned addition of three psychologists and three social workers. The Board also eliminated the inclusion of several contingent positions placed in the budget for unexpected needs.
“By looking anew at all our expenses, we were able to produce a budget that advances the District’s core strategic goals and avoids any unnecessary cuts that would impact on our students or programs,” Osborne added. “By allocating resources responsibly, the budget also protects the fiscal health that we have worked so hard to improve in recent years.”
Voters will have the opportunity to vote on the amended New Rochelle School District’s $270 million budget on Tuesday, June 19. Complete details of the budget proposal from the Board of Education can be found here .
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