The Remsenburg-Speonk Board of Education adopted a $13.2 million budget proposal for the 2015-16 school year on Wednesday morning. The budget would increase spending by roughly $200,000 and would not pierce the state cap on tax levy increases.
The adopted budget reflects a 1.27-percent increase from this year’s $13 million budget. The spending plan calls for a $11.5 million tax levy, a 1.63-percent increase from the current year’s $11.4 million levy.
The projected tax rate for the district is $5.68 per $1,000 of assessed value, a 9-cent increase, or 1.63 percent, from the current year’s tax rate. This year, a homeowner with a $500,000 home paid $5.59 per $1,000 of assessed value, or about $2,795. If the 2015-16 tax rate is finalized at $5.68 per $1,000, a homeowner with a $500,000 home will pay about $2,840 in school taxes.
The spending plan requires a majority approval from taxpayers on Tuesday, May 19. Voters will also cast ballots for two open seats on the Board of Education being vacated by current President Cecilia Spellman-Frey and board member Kevin Federico.
Five people—Kevin Toolan, Joshua Berger, Jennifer Pratt Ashley, Scott Heptig and Heather Carriero—will run for the two seats.