Monday, March 25, 2013
The 2013-2014 budget will cost the average homeowner $29 fewer dollars. Officials say the upcoming school year also offers a greater number of teachers and programs.
Taxpayers will pay less in school taxes in 2013-2014 while their children receive a more robust education, according to Glen Rock Business Administrator Michael Rinderknecht. The school board on Thursday accepted the overall $42,570,579 budget, which decreases the total school tax needs by $74,221, aided by a combination of more ratables with a decrease in the school tax rate. Here's the number residents will care about: the average resident with a home valued at approximately $548,000 will pay $29 less than they pay for the current school budget. The 2013-2014 budget calls for the same general fund tax levy in 2012-2013 and the year prior at $40,033,500. It's the second year Glen Rock has offered a 0 percent tax increase, but the first …
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
No general fund tax increase in the 2013-2014 school year.
The Glen Rock school board on Monday passed a budget that for the second straight year will keep the general school levy with no tax increase. The board unanimously passed a $40,033,500 general fund levy for the 2013-2014 school year, a 0 percent increase over 2012-2013. Debt service is increasing by just over $100,000, to $2.64 million. The upcoming budget includes the hiring of four full-time educators and an increased fund balance. Business Administrator Michael Rinderknecht has attributed the flat budget to advanced planning and savings from outsourcing teacher aides and janitorial staff. Glen Rock will likely be the only district in the state to have passed a budget with no increase to the general levy for consecutive years.
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
"Outsourcing has been a home run for us," Business Administrator Michael Rinderknecht said.
Michael Rinderknecht doesn't seem to mind making history – only one school district in Bergen could claim not having raised taxes last year. That district was Glen Rock. And history is shaping up to repeat itself. "We once again have no tax levy increase," Rinderknecht, the business administrator, proudly said in presenting his 2013-2014 draft budget to the school board. But don't be mistaken, he said, this is not a slice-and-dice maintenance budget. The current school year's $40,022,000 general fund levy will repeat in 2013-2014, assuming aid figures remain flat. Rinderknecht is confident state aid will not deviate from the current offerings, he told the board. The school board and fiscal management committee had no interest in paving a …