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Mahwah Board of Ed to Vote on Budget, High School Complex [Poll]

Budget proposes a 2 to 2.2% tax increase.

The Mahwah Board of Education is set to conduct a budget vote this week that will decide this year's tax rate, and the fate of a proposed building at the high school that has raised some opposition from local residents.

Last summer, the BOE introduced a proposed capital project that would see a "multi-purpose facility" built on the high school's campus, near the football field. The building would include fields and team meeting rooms used for athletic practices, training and practice spaces for teams like the marching band and color guard, restrooms, and a concession stand, district officials have said.

The facility might also be used by other community sports teams and groups looking for indoor play space.

The $3.8 million facility would be funded entirely from the district's capital reserve fund, which school officials say has been saved up over the past several years, and can only legally be used to fund capital improvements to the district.

Since its introduction, the complex has been a topic of debate among residents. Supporters say it will enhance the district and alleviate scheduling conflicts that exist with both after-school activities and out-of-school groups. Opponents say the funds could instead be spent on something more academic in nature, or on other upgrades to district buildings.

According to a NorthJersey.com report, the Board of Education is set to vote on its 2014-15 budget and the capital expenditure Wednesday night. The budget proposes a 2 to 2.2% tax increase, the report said. 

A user-friendly version of the budget is posted on the district website.
Ssots May 07, 2014 at 06:22 PM
I assume that all the people who complain so much about all the board members and their decisions will they themselves be running in the next election(Karmy and HB?) Please remember these people have volunteered their time and don't get paid a dime for any of the work they do. There's nothing that the funds can be spent on that will please 100% of the people.
Hank May 07, 2014 at 08:53 PM
I know most of the board members, I knew their kids etc. They screwed us big time. Overbooked gyms, facilities are nothing new and I still saw some great games standing up. sitting down whatever. I've known one of the members for at least 20 years and I am not surprised he (or she) wants a sports complex. He (or she) has it totally wrong and out of touch and I also know he (or she) finds great joy in winning this battle. It's academics that gets our kids in the best schools. And that's where the money should go. Go up MacArthur Blvd. Google any one of the companies you see. Not one of them is looking for a goalie.

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