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Proposed Mt. Sinai Budget Within Tax Levy Cap

Superintendent's proposed budget includes zero cuts.

Mount Sinai Superintendent Enrico Crocetti, in his first budget season, has proposed a budget for the 2013-'14 school year which would stay within the tax levy cap after last year's cap-busting budget failed.

The proposed $55.5 million budget is a 1.56 percent increase on last year's budget and includes a 4.05 percent tax levy increase, which is the maximum allowable increase within the state mandated cap for the district. The proposal includes no cuts to programs or personnel.

"We have strived to maintain our programs and personnel as to offer no disruption to our programs [and] are staying within the two-percent tax cap formula, which respects the community values," Crocetti said.

The district is expected to see $15,200,837 in state aid, an increase of over $684,000. When Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed an increase of $367,725 in January, Crocetti talked about how the state aid increase doesn't do much to help.

“Yes we did get a little bit more, but it’s not all that helpful,” he said in January. “It’s kind of like getting a little bit more on your tax return. It’s not going to change the course of the ship, but it does help us a little bit.”

During last year's budget talks, the teachers’ contract was opened and negotiated. It now terminates in 2017.  

"Our teachers did a huge give back which encompasses the first four years of that contract," Crocetti said, "benefiting the district to a sum of almost $6 million."

The board must adopt a budget at an April meeting.

"I am anticipating that this budget would be adopted by the board," Crocetti said.

Justin Time April 03, 2013 at 11:27 AM
"The proposed $55.5 million budget is a 1.56 percent increase on last year's budget and includes a 4.05 percent tax levy increase, which is the maximum allowable increase within the state mandated cap for the district". If the cap was 10%, I suppose it would have stayed just under that also! The proposal includes no cuts to programs or personnel or striving to reduce an already over taxed Community. Since the board "must" adopt a budget at an April meeting, it is in the best interest for taxpayers to insist on cutting the budget and reduce taxes in order to increase net disposable income in our taxpayer's households. It is NOT necessary to increase the budget every year, and threatening cuts in programs. Try reducing staff, freeze salaries and wages, as the State has done. Caution, keep up the budget routine and become another Smithtown fiasco. Vote NO on all increases.
Tom April 03, 2013 at 11:58 AM
I agree with Justin. It's about time we stood up to these clowns. Enough is Enough. Sports programs should be pay as you go by the parents if they want their kids to play sports that they will never play when school is over. Why should the rest of us pay for it? I would like to see teachers and other personnel take REAL cuts and pay some of the medical we supply them just like the rest of us working slobs.(as you all call us).
ARCH STANTON April 03, 2013 at 10:01 PM
I AGREE WITH BOTH OF YOU. WHEN MY SON PLAYED BASEBALL IN JR. HIGH AND HIGH SCHOOL FOR MT. SINAI, THEY WERE ALWAYS LOOKING FOR COACHES. SINCE I HAD MANAGED TEAMS FOR TERRYVILLE AND NORTH SHORE LITTLE LEAGUES OVER THE YEARS, I VOLUNTEERED MY SERVICES FOR FREE, SINCE I WAS SEMI-RETIRED. I WAS TURNED DOWN AND THE COACHING POSITIONS WERE GIVEN TO TEACHERS THAT HAD NO BASEBALL EXPERIENCE. THEY RECEIVED AN ADDITIONAL $7,000.00 FOR COACHING.
RPmom1995 April 04, 2013 at 10:41 AM
Sports are what schools use as leverage. If a schools team is really good they get recognition. Tke ports out and focus on EDUCATION (gasp)!!!! That's what we are paying for. I want me children educated! I pay to have them play sports out of the district. Stop being bullied people. There is only a small number of children playing sports. Teachers get bonuses to coach! Many coaches ont have training in coaching or the sport they are coaching. They treat the kids badly, forcing them to do RIDICULOUS try outs ( borderline inhumane) just to see if they are committed. Sports are for recreation! If you NEED a scholarship based on sports, then maybe you need to value the education you are paying for. Sports won't get most people through life

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