School Budget Calls For $113 Average Tax Increase
Board will vote on the $64.8M budget next week
According to a budget presentation Wednesday night, the budget, which calls for a 1.8% tax increase, will mean a $113 increase in school taxes for the average homeowner in Mahwah with a house valued at about $470,000, district Business Administrator Ed Deptula said.
Residents can calculate what their school tax increase by estimating an about $24 increase per $100,000 of home value, Deptula said.
According to district officials, changes in the 2013-14 budget over last year’s are minor, but do include some staff additions.
For the next school year, Mahwah will look to hire a full-time social studies supervisor. Currently, one supervisor oversees both the social studies and world languages departments.
The budget also proposes adding a part-time language teacher who would teach a new language the district would like to start offering at the high school – Mandarin Chinese, three special education Paraprofessionals, and a 0.2 secretarial position at Central Office.
The other major components of the budget, Deptula said, are facilities upgrades to the district’s schools. The projects, which will cost about $2,785,000, will be paid for from a capital reserve fund. The reserve fund allows the district “to save up money [over the years] to do projects like this without going to a referendum,” he said.
The upgrades include adding air conditioning to the Joyce Kilmer multipurpose room and the high school gym, replacing the roof on the original building at Ramapo Ridge, and upgrading the electric switching system at Mahwah High School.