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Rocky Point Board Adopts Superintendent's Budget, Will Pierce Tax Cap

Board of Education adopts Superintendent's proposed 2012-13 budget which pierces the tax cap but retains all programs.

The Rocky Point Board of Education adopted the 2012-13 school budget at Wednedsay's board meeting, a $71,574,012 budget that includes a 3.2 percent tax levy increase.

The budget is a 2.9 percent increase in expenditures from last year and retains all programs. With a levy increase that exceeds the State mandated tax cap of two percent, the budget will need to pass by a supermajority of 60 percent. Last year's district budget, which included a tax levy increase of close to five percent, passed by a 67 percent supermajority.

"I'm very pleased that the board adopted the recommended budget," said Superintendent Michael Ring. "It’s a budget that’s consistent with what we’ve done in the past which is very efficient [with] expenditures at a 2.97 percent rate and is also very efficient with the tax levy at 3.2 percent."

The Board also adopted the property tax report card, which Ring said compares favorably with many other districts.

"You’ll see once the property tax report cards are published that there are a lot of districts that may not be piercing the cap but have increases that are even higher than 3.2 percent," he said. "And there are still many that are higher than 3.2 percent and are piercing the cap."

It was also announced that two seats on the board will be up for election in the May 15 vote. Trustees John Lessler and Scott Reh will be up for re-election. The Rocky Point PTA will be hosting a Meet the Candidates Night on May 3rd at 8 p.m. in the auditorium. The Sound Beach Civic Association will also hold a Meet the Candidates night at the on May 14.

What do you think of the adopted budget for the 2012-13 school year? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Alicia Palifka April 26, 2012 at 12:36 PM
THANK YOU Diane Blythe-Obrien for the support!!!t It means a great deal to me that there are a few people listening who get it and appreciate what is going on here...I feel it is time for some serious fiscal responsibility. When I was growing up there were the same amount of teachers per student ratio. What we didn't have nor did most was the additon of 2 teachers per classroom unlike what we have today.Back then there were only possibly 2 Special Ed classes. Now it seems there are so many inclusion classes and "confined classes" along with a class where the spanish children are learning English of which such class requires a spanish /english teacher.(hum..are they homewoners or renters/are they even legal residents of the USA).Since I AM A TAXPAYER as are many others we have the right to question anything and everything and to expect fiscal responsibility!~
Diane Blythe-O'Brien April 26, 2012 at 10:15 PM
Hello, Sasha. My children were in school during the times you're referring to. At that time, RockyPoint SD was still considered a district most parents would move to Rocky Point to have their children attend! It was considered one of the better districts around, with a well respected Music program and terrific programs for gifted and special ed students. One thing it didn't have was a football team.....and could anyone say what percentage of our tax dollars is going to support said team? From the tone of the comments posted, the majority of those commenting KNOW that change must be made. So I ask again, WHY do these ever-increasing budgets keep getting passed? Could it be that many taxpayers are so completely fed up with being taxed into poverty, they've given up. Or could it be that many residents are simply too exhausted to fight due to working two or more jobs just to cover their taxes and mortgages to continue living here.
chris schu May 14, 2012 at 08:56 PM
just got an annoying call to vote Yes for the Rocky point budget
fedup May 15, 2012 at 11:30 AM
Maybe a pay freeze or pay cut after all the district says " It's all about the children" Time to practice what you preach, Take a pay cut to keep the programs and other employees working. Federal Employees have not had a raise in over 2 years and it looks to keep going that way for a couple more. We all need to sacrifice in these hard times, I know My family has. I will vote NO to the budget, as No raises in this household for the last couple of years so we adjusted OUR EXPENSES to match our income. TIME FOR THE DISTRICT TO LEARN WHAT WE ALL KNOW AND DO......
Willie May 15, 2012 at 06:41 PM
FYI: Dr. Ring made $221K in 2010-2011 s per Newsday list. See link (subscription required) http://data.newsday.com/long-island/database/?pid=373&brand=newsday&searchField=School_district&q=rocky+point


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