State Aid to Midland Park Remains Flat
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Midland Park municipality and schools will receive a little more than $1 million combined in state aid, officials announced this week. Both municipal and educational figures are the same as the amount received last year.
The state Department of Community Affairs announced Wednesday that the borough is slated to receive $546,706 in total aid. Of that $26,951 is from the Consolidated Municipal Property Tax Relief Act, while $519,755 comes under Energy Tax Receipts.
Of the 90 Bergen County municipalities, just 10 received less than Midland Park: Woodcliff Lake, South Hackensack, Moonachie, Saddle River, Alpine, Demarest, Park Ridge, Ho-Ho-Kus, Teterboro and Rockleigh. Midland Park's neighbors received the following amounts of aid: Ridgewood, $1,867,322; Waldwick, $2,468,600; and Wyckoff, $1,093,271. (A comprehensive user-friendly list is available on northjersey.com.)
On Thursday, the state Department of Education announced the Midland Park school district will receive a total of $591,146. Of that $35,213 is for Equalization Aid, $19,908 for Transportation Aide, $19,994 for Special Education, and $16,031 for Security Aid. The figures match what was received last year.
Of the 75 school districts in Bergen County, 28 received less aid than Midland Park. Neighboring districts recieved the following amounts of aid: Ridgewood, $2,015,866; Waldwick, $820,210; and Wyckoff (K-8 district), $838,013. For nearby regional districts Ramapo-Indian Hills received $1,204,270 and Northern Highlands received $562,356. Garfield, the Abbott district in Bergen County, received more than $55 million in aid this year.
Both the school and municipal budgets will be released soon. The Board of Education will hold a formal hearing on March 26 at 8pm in the Media Center at Highland School. The borough has not announced when its budget will be made available.