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Delsea Regional High School District. Public Hearing on the Proposed Budget 2007-2008. Budget Goals. Minimize tax impact Comply with State mandated Core Content Standards Ensure adequate staffing to maintain apportioned class size

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Delsea Regional HighSchool District

Public Hearing on the

Proposed Budget

2007-2008


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Budget Goals

  • Minimize tax impact

  • Comply with State mandated Core Content Standards

  • Ensure adequate staffing to maintain apportioned class size

  • Keep the District current in the area of technology

  • Maintain a strong program of professional development

  • Comply with Federal and State regulations impacting Special Education programs


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Community Programs

Delsea School District supports the following community activities:

  • All weather track available for community jogging/walking

  • School gymnasiums and athletic fields used by Franklin and Elk recreation sponsored youth and adult programs

  • School facilities used by community theater groups for productions

  • Weight training room used by Franklin and Elk police departments and community programing with the Recreation Commission

  • District sponsored Adult Community School

  • Numerous JROTC community outreach activities

  • Learn and Serve America activities including the Senior Citizen Prom and nursing home visitation program


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Budget Terms

The budget is composed of three funds:

General Fund - Fund used to record the daily operations of the district.

Debt Service Fund - Fund used to record principal and interest payments on outstanding debt (bonds sold for various construction/renovation projects).

Special Revenue Fund - Fund used to record programs which are funded solely by state and federal grant monies.

$24,647,448

$1,444,872

$987,750


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Competitive Grant Awards

The District was awarded the following competitive grants:

Teaching American History $1,000,000 over 3 yrs

YODA (Youth Organized for Disaster Assistance) $30,000 over 3 yrs

NJ Systemic Initiative Standards Implementation $20,000

PACES (Character Through Service) $20,000over 2 yrs


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Expenditures:General Fund

Total General Fund Expenditures $24,647,448

Increase from Prior Year 652,032

Percent Increase 2.7%


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Areas of Significant Increase

  • Contracted salary increases $282,000

  • Additional tuition and other costs for

    special education students 255,000

  • Increase in utility and fuel costs181,000

  • Increase in the cost of employee benefits 87,000

  • Increase in the payment to the state

    pension fund 59,000


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Revenues:General Fund

Total General Fund Revenues $24,647,448

Increase in State Aid 3%

Increase in Tax Levy 3.8%


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Budget Under Cap

The 2007-08 budget is $228,643 less than the maximum amount allowed by the State.


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General Fund Free Balance

Based on the requirements of S-1701, all Districts are to maintain a fund balance (surplus funds) at 2% of the prior year’s expenditures. For the 2007-08 budget this amount is:

$478,891

This is less than the average bi-weekly pay – approx. $660,000


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Changes in Personnel

Changes:

Hiring of part-time School Psychologist (employee retired last year and was not replaced)

Hiring of part-time LD to replace retiring full time employee

Decreases:

Special Ed Classroom Aide – One less needed

Teaching Staff - Employees retiring and not being replaced


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Cost Saving Initiatives

  • Joint purchasing of custodial supplies

  • State and County-wide purchasing of utilities

  • Sharing of equipment and manpower with municipal governments

  • More in-house maintenance projects and less contracted services

  • Provider of shared transportation coordinator and bus maintenance services with constituent district

  • Numerous transportation jointures to provide transportation services to other school districts

  • Provider of technology services to constituent district

  • Fuel agreement with constituent district and local fire companies


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Comparative Spending

  • There are 47 Grade 7-12 Districts in NJ

  • 2005-06 average per pupil cost for the State $11,366

  • Delsea per pupil cost for 2005-06 $10,485

  • We are 7th lowest out of 47 districts

  • We have the 8th lowest total administrative cost

  • We have the 6th lowest median administrative salary


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Administrative Cost Limit

  • S-1701 allows for administrative costs equal to the adjusted 07-08 budget amount. Districts also can not exceed the regional limit.

  • Regional limit for southern NJ = $1,611

  • Delsea administrative cost per pupil = $1,270

  • We are $341 per pupil below the regional limit


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Tax Impact

Taxes Per $100 of Assessed Value

20062007Increase/Dec.

Elk Township .988 .545 (44.3) ¢ *

Franklin Township 1.112 1.149 3.7¢

* Based on ratable increase, will be approx 3.6 ¢ increase for taxpayer assessed at average.


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Tax Calculation

Elk Township

Average Ass. ValueTax RateTaxes

2006 $117,856 .988 $1,164.42

2007 $228,974 .545 1,247.91

Tax Increase $ 83.49


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Tax Calculation

Franklin Township

Home Tax AssessedAt: Increase

$ 96,977 $ 35.88

Twp Average$116,977 $ 43.28

$136,977 $ 50.68

Sample Calculation:

Assessed Value ($116,977)/100 = 1,169.77 units x Tax Increase (.037) = $43.28


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What 1 Cent Equals

In order to decrease the tax rate by 1 cent per

$100 of assessed value the District would need to cut from the Budget the following amounts for each township:

Elk Township $394,703

Franklin Township $187,357


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Senior Citizen TaxRefund

  • Low and moderate income senior citizens are eligible for a refund of tax increases through a state reimbursement program.

  • The program freezes property taxes for senior citizen to the amount paid when they initially apply. All property tax increases from that date are refunded by the state.

  • Assistance in the completion of the forms is provided by the school districts and municipalities of Franklin & Elk Twps.


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