Budget Passes, Incumbents Re-elected to School Board
● By Rebecca K. Abma
Midland Park voters approved the Board of Education’s proposed $20.7 million budget for 2014-15 by a vote of 691 to 246.
Incumbents James Canellas, Mary Alice Thomas and Peter Triolo were re-elected to the school board by votes of 641, 623 and 614, respectively. Challenger John Meeks receive 364 votes.
The school portion of the tax levy represents a $224 reduction in taxes for the average home assessed at $392,000.
Last year, voters approved a second question for an additional $955,075 for new roofs at the three schools. The project completed roof replacements at the two elementary schools as well as the majority of the roof at the junior-senior high school. Funds were raised by taxation during the 2013-14 year, which meant the average home assessed at $392,000 paid an additional $352.96 for one year only.
The 2014-15 budget proposed to raise taxes by $129.02 over the general tax levy from last year, excluding the second question. However, the actual tax bill did not differentiate between the budget and debt services, so the next tax bill will reflect a decrease in the schools portion.
The $20.7 million budget reflects a 2.21% increase in spending, or $456,505, which includes completing the roof replacement at the high school and other general maintenance, professional development and state mandated assessments and programs.