FIOS News 6/15/17: ER School Board Meets Re New Budget

Posted Jun 13, 2017, 11:06 pm; updated Jun 15, 2017, 6:50 am

East Ramapo school board holds meeting on new budget

The district’s budget will come with a tax hike of 1.48%

The East Ramapo School Board held a meeting on Tuesday to review the budget for the 2017/18 school year with the public, after the last budget was voted down.

The budget will come with a 1.48% tax hike, or roughly $120 more for the average homeowner. The previously proposed budget had a tax hike of 2.49%.

The budget also states that no funding will be given to private school students to be bused on days public schools are closed, which left some residents disappointed.

“There is no equity,” Rivkie Feiner, of Monsey said. “They talk about unified community. We are paying tremendous taxes and there was no good will shown.”

If the $232M budget doesn’t pass, there would be a $2M hole to fill. The state monitor appointed to oversee the district’s budget after it failed the first time says that a hole of that size would be detrimental.

Voters will make their final decision on the budget on June 20.

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