Pequannock Board of Ed Submits 2013-14 Budget to Voters

taxes (Photo credit: 401(K) 2013)
By Christopher Lotito

The Pequannock Township Board of Education has made available via its website a PDF of the proposed 2013 - 2014 budget.

  • The new budget will request an additional tax of $228,767.00 from residents in order to fund full day kindergarten.
  • Residents will also address whether they should be taxed an additional $3,350,000.00 for additions to be added to Steven J. Gerace Elementary at the Board of Ed. Election on April 16, 2013.
  • If passed, total additional taxes will come to
    $3,578,767.00 or just over $553.00 per household.

(The elementary school additions would be put out to bond so that figure is spread out across several years and its unclear what the interest on the bond might be.  $3.35mil for the SJG addition is also noted as "estimated.")

The proposed budget states that without the addition of full-day kindergarten there would be no tax increase until FY2015.  It does not appear that this will be an option provided to voters on the April ballot.

Students returning home from school on Thursday March 27th 2013 noted that they had been informed that both Orchestra and Latin would be cut out of the curriculum.  The proposed budget lists Orchestra as well as Foreign Language along with the quote, "Course offerings & staffing will be based on student participation (i.e. class size)," but students noted that they had been told specifically about those 2 programs.  Pequannock News is seeking additional details about this story now and will publish as they become available.

Christopher Lotito is a member of the Pequannock Historic District and Open Space Commissions as well as the author of  "Torrent," a book about flooding in the region.  Lotito's personal mission is to reduce new taxes, drastically reduce flooding, and preserve more green spaces for our children.  Christopher Lotito Profile

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