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Carle Place Proposes 1.99 Percent Budget-to-Budget Increase

Vote on $44.6M Spending Plan, Trustee Seat May 18

Voting on the Carle Place School District’s proposed 2010-2011 spending plan will take place Tuesday, May 18. At this time, residents will have the opportunity to vote for or against the district’s proposed $44.6 million spending plan (Proposition #1) and vote to elect a school board trustee.

Information on May 18 election is as follows:

Proposition #1

Proposition #1, which is the proposed spending plan of $44,646,051, a 1.99 percent or $872,986 increase over the current year’s budget of $43,773,065.

The annual school district’s budget is broken down into three components - Administrative, Program and Capital – the proposed 2010-2011 costs are: Administrative – $6,343,087 or 14.2 percent, an increase of $254,746 over the current year; Program – $31,933,599 or 71.53 percent, a $714,977 increase from the current year; and Capital –$6,369,365 or 14.27 percent, a $96,737 decrease from the current year.

According to the district’s budget newsletter, the increase in the Administration component of the 2010-2011 proposed budget is due almost entirely to the imposition of the new MTA Tax by New York State and increased contributions to other state mandated expenditures.

Currently, Carle Place is ranked the 13th lowest of 39 K-12 Nassau County school districts in average tax rate and, for 2010-2011, the district is anticipating a state aid reimbursement of $3.7 million or 8.3 percent; for the current year, the district received approximately $4 million. Based on this amount, the total property tax revenue required to support next year’s spending plan is estimated at $39,021,051, which represents an increase in the total school district property tax levy of 2.96 percent.

The average assessment for 2009-2010 was approximately $1,272, resulting in a tax bill of $6,224.15.

Please note that, as of press time, the aforementioned amounts are estimated gross tax bill figures; the actual tax bills would be net of any exemptions, namely STAR and any other applicable exemptions.

Should the budget be defeated, a second budget would be put forth and, in the event the second attempt also fails, the district would be subject to a state mandated cap of zero percent, after adjustments.

In Carle Place, a contingency budget would result in an overall budget-to-budget increase of zero percent and, according to the budget newsletter, would result in  $872,603 being cut from the proposed budget in accordance with the law. These cuts would be applied in the following areas: student supplies, equipment, field trips, club/co-curricular/intramural activities, athletics, community use of facilities, community services and instructional, administrative and support staff.

School Board Election

Elections for the Carle Place Board of Education will also take place on May 18.  Trustee terms are three years. This year, Lawrence F. Zaino, Jr., whose term expires on June 30, is seeking re-election, unopposed.