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Shugars, the district’s business administrator, said. “We’ve made modest estimates just for budget- ing purposes.”

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the school budget, and benefits make up 16 percent. Other ex- penses count for the remaining 18 percent. The district has suffered a cu-

mulative $3.3 million loss in state aid since 2008. Last year, the district received $1.5 million in state aid money to fund the budget, and officials an- ticipate that funding will remain at that level for the approaching school year. Actual state aid numbers won’t

be released until late February 2011. The Board is faced with a de- pleted surplus this year of about $500,000 due to the fact that about $2.6 million of surplus funds were used to offset the 2010-11 budget. Since Gov. Christie implement-

ed a new tax levy cap for the ap- proaching budget, the Board would only be able to increase the amount to be raised through taxes by 2 percent as opposed to the former 4 percent levy cap. “That’s the maximum increase the Board would be able to consid- er,” Shugars said. Increasing the le vy to the full 2

percent cap would mean a school tax increase to the average home- owner of $107.

The Opportunity Within

A 2 percent increase would yield an approximately $1 million in additional revenue, which would be offset by an approxi- mate $307,000 reduction in debt service funds. This would produce a net tax dollar increase of about $755,000 – not enough to fund the anticipat- ed shortfall. Officials note that the Board

hasn’t raised the levy to cap since 2007-2008. There was a less than 1 percent

decrease in the levy in the 2009-10 budget. The Board implemented a 1.2

percent increase for the 2010-11 budget. With difficult decisions likely on the horizon, officials said all areas of the budget are currently being evaluated for cost-efficien- cies.

Shugars stressed that the cur-

rent numbers are “very prelimi- nary.”

“In late February we’ll have

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