Budget Updates 2015
[May 20, 2015] On May 19, an estimated 78% of Ramapo Central voters passed the 2015-16 school budget, which is within the state tax cap, fulfills new State mandates and expands staffing to support continued, robust instructional programming aligned with student needs and interests.
“I would like to thank our community for their continued support of the school budget,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Douglas S. Adams. “This will ensure that we maintain and expand our excellent educational programs as well as our broad array of athletic and extra-curricular activities, engaging our students in a variety of positive experiences.”
The $131,693,736 budget represents a budget-to-budget increase of 1.01% and a tax levy increase of 1.54%. For more information on the approved budget, click here.
Proposition 2, which would have permitted the District to use existing Capital Reserve Fund monies to replace two athletic turf fields at Suffern Middle School, was not approved by our voters. While there is unanimous agreement among Board members that the fields must be replaced, the Board has yet to decide how best to do so. Over the next several weeks, the Board of Education and administration will be discussing this at public meetings.
Theresa DiFalco and Teresa Monahan were re-elected to the Board of Education, and Clarke Osborn, who had previously served on the Board, was elected to a new term. Each of the three seats carries a three-year term which begins July 1, 2015 and concludes June 30, 2018.
[April 22, 2015] Residents of the Ramapo Central School District will vote Tuesday, May 19 on the proposed 2015-16 school budget. The $131,693,736 budget represents a budget-to-budget increase of 1.01% and a tax levy increase of 1.54%. For more information on the proposed budget, click here.
Also on the ballot is a voter referendum (Proposition 2) on a capital project. Residents will be asked to vote on whether the District may use existing Capital Reserve Fund monies in the amount of $850,000 to replace two athletic turf fields at Suffern Middle School. This proposed capital project is at no additional cost to taxpayers. For more information on the proposed capital project, click here.
Voters will also elect Board of Education members for three available seats. Candidates are: Theresa DiFalco, Joseph Gravagna, Teresa Monahan and Clarke Osborn.
Polls are open from 6am-9pm. Voters must report to their assigned school budget election district.
Polling locations are as follows:
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Not sure where to go? Call (845) 357-7783 x11234 to confirm your polling place.
Every vote counts. Please remember to vote.
[March 13, 2015] Due to continued delays in the release of state aid runs, the Budget Workshop originally scheduled for Tuesday, March 17 has been postponed until Tuesday, March 31.
The March 31 presentation will be held at 6:30pm in the District Administrative Offices in Hillburn.
[February 13, 2015] Due to the governor’s decision to delay the release of state aid runs, our District has been unable to prepare a preliminary budget. However, information regarding the multiple budget factors, estimated maximum allowable tax levy and estimated employee benefit costs was provided at the February 10 budget workshop. As of the workshop date, the estimated maximum allowable tax levy was 1.55%.
Assistant Superintendent for Business Kelly Seibert cautioned that initial projections are likely to change as information from the state becomes available. He also detailed additional factors impacting this year’s budget development process, including:
Seibert also reported some good news regarding the District’s fiscal stability (a current score of 0% on the NYS Comptroller’s Fiscal Stress Monitoring System), and decreased contribution rates for TRS/ERS and health benefits in 2015-16.
Upcoming Board budget workshops will be held at 6:30pm on Tuesday, March 17 and Tuesday, April 14 at the Administrative Offices in Hillburn. The Board elections and budget vote will be held on Tuesday, May 19.
Information regarding the budget development process can be found on the District website at http://www.ramapocentral.org. Questions regarding the budget may be submitted via email to mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org.