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Pat-Med BOE Adopts Proposed $167 Million Budget

Proposed 2013-2014 budget is a 3.17 percent tax levy increase.

The Patchogue-Medford Board of Education chose to adopt a proposed $167 million budget for the 2013-2014 school year at Monday's Board of Education Budget Workshop at South Ocean Middle School. 

The budget is a 2.77 percent increase, and a tax levy increase of around $3 million or 3.17 percent.

The proposed budget contains no staff decreases and affords the replacement of Patchogue-Medford High School's track for safety concerns.

The budget passed by a unanimous six trustee vote with one absence. Trustee Christine Rignola did not vote due to needing to leave the meeting from not feeling well, but communicated to board president Thomas Donofrio that she was comfortable with setting the rate.

The school district calendar currently lists the annual budget vote and election for May 21.

The exact numbers for the budget are $167,462,471 and for the tax levy $3,093,253.

This is a breaking news post. Check back to Patch for more budget updates.

Archie Bunker March 20, 2013 at 08:41 PM
Here is the thing though, every year maybe 5-10 schools are voted down. Whats the excuse for the other 120 passing or so passing? And the funny thing is, is that I can't name one person who DOESN'T complain about their property taxes. But I don't know many people who do not have children in school that bother to vote.
christine rosenthal March 20, 2013 at 09:27 PM
at least we can still write the taxes off. the more they go up the more you get to write off. who needs to write off mortgage interest when you got taxes that will end up being just as much as your mortgage payment when house is paid off... Ha! (trying to be positive here...)
Edward Smith March 20, 2013 at 10:16 PM
If, as some of you say, all the best jobs are those supported by taxpayer's money, we should expand the government, not shrink it! Think about it.
Bob Micca March 21, 2013 at 05:35 AM
RE: Voting The Budget Down.. CTOP pulled it off.. but it required an organized effort. They BECAME the BOE.. They attempted to buck the UNION in the court of Law and Lost.. http://connection.ebscohost.com/c/articles/9410063167/c-top-gains-control-patchogue-medford
Sue Kroll April 04, 2013 at 11:51 AM
Yes transportation, once again the kids and the working parents paying the taxes get services cut. There are many walkers now on some streets with no sidewalks.

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