The Quogue Board of Education adopted a $7.82 million budget earlier this month that increases overall spending by 1.95 percent and does not exceed the state-mandated tax levy cap.
Quogue School Superintendent Richard Benson said the board was able to stay well under the cap and maintain educational programs, though he added that it was a difficult process.
The spending plan, which requires only a simple majority vote from taxpayers on May 21, increases the tax levy, or the amount raised in taxes, by about 1.5 percent, from $6.98 million to $7.08 million. This year’s budget totals approximately $7.68 million.
Mr. Benson said that using the current year’s assessed valuations, which are subject to change, the tax rate would increase by about 3 cents, to $2 per $1,000 of assessed value. Using that estimate, a taxpayer with a home valued at $800,000 would pay approximately $1,600 in school taxes during the 2013-14 school year, $24 more than the current year.
Mr. Benson said board members agreed to draw $150,000 from the district’s capital reserves, in part to cover the costs of a new video surveillance and alarm systems at the Edgewood Road elementary school. The systems, which he called “state of the art,” are expected to cost a maximum of $50,000 and will address safety concerns.
The board will present its proposed budget to the public on Tuesday, May 14, starting at 7:15 p.m. at Quogue School.