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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.

Al Lofaso March 19, 2013 at 02:21 PM
Here we go again, Increase taxes. Do these people ever look were they can cut expenses? How about getting rid of those teachers that are sitting in the rubber rooms doing nothing. I pay $ 1,400.00 a month for health Ins. How much do teachers and the rest of the staff contribute to their Benifit package.? Its time the community say NO, NO, NO to these irresponsible idiots.
Madford Resident March 19, 2013 at 03:39 PM
Enough already! Business as usual. The BOE is failing the PM district. Vote them all out!
Been Here a Long Time March 19, 2013 at 04:05 PM
Al, you must have Pat-Med confused with the city or another district. In Pat-Med there are no rubber rooms. All employees contribute to their health insurance. Teacher pay is frozen for next year. The district has saved millions in expenses, especially bonding and transportation. Take a look at the mandates imposed by the state in the areas of retirement contributions and special education and you will see where the increases lie. I, for one, am proud of the work the Board of Education has done to keep expenses in line and will be strongly supporting the budget.
jared March 19, 2013 at 04:19 PM
yep patmed doing what it does best "WE NEED MORE MONEY FOR EDUCATION" stop lying, we know that all these budgets do is protect salaries of some overpaid workers. It's ok, the community won't be able to support these crippling budgets for ever
Bob Micca March 19, 2013 at 04:45 PM
In our recent history, the community did say "NO!". C-TOP published the salaries of everyone in the Pat-Med System ..and the Budget Proposal was defeated by a factor of 3 to 1. C-TOP took over the BOE.. and attempted to buck the Union. The Union Won; so goes our "system". The vast bulk of Americans are living on shrinking budgets due to rising "Cost Of Living". Our COL has increased in part because the BOE self-raised their Budget at our Literal Expense. Yes.. Something IS wrong with this picture, and we are very close to powerless to do a danged thing about it. A former Patchogue Village resident purchased an immaculate 3-Bedroom home sitting on 1 acre, in N.Carolina. Total Land Taxes? $384.00 per year. Why can't the BOE live with their existing budget? Why can't THEY cut costs? Why do they always find somethings or another to spend Big Bucks on? Why do they always want more more more.. when the folks in their district are doing worse worse worse? Sadly, the actual Answer must not be very pretty?
Michael Sorrentino (Editor) March 19, 2013 at 06:03 PM
We will be putting more information from Monday's meeting this week, but for quick reference, notes that were discussed were that the Board could have raised higher than a 5 percent levy but are not as that would not be palatable for the community. Also discussed, in the event of a proposed contingency budget should the initial budget fail, there would be no increase on levy, less than 1 percent increase budget to budget, there would be a number of staffing cuts, the track would not be replaced, new equipment would not be able to be purchased. However, there would still likely be a tax rate increase regardless due to the formula used to calculate the rate. The currently proposed budget with 3.17 percent also includes the district's ability to absorb the health insurance impacts, the pension impacts, among other expected adjustments the district wil be undergoing with no academic program cuts. Again, more information soon in future posts, but wanted to make sure commentators had a little more background as they conversate on this.
christine rosenthal March 19, 2013 at 07:08 PM
so basically by the time my house is paid off i will be paying a tax bill per month equivelant to what my mortgage payment is now. crazy....... still no place like NY. and the food will always be better here...just sayin :)
Al Lofaso March 19, 2013 at 07:10 PM
so, BEEN HERE A LONG TIME! What do the teachers contribute to health ins? All I know is every year its another increase. What do we have to show for it. More kids know who won " Dancing with the stars" then Who the governor of NY state is. I can go on and on. If parents want their kids to play music, throw a basket ball, run track or paint a picture, let them pay for it. Schools need to teach English, Math and Science.
christine rosenthal March 19, 2013 at 07:21 PM
actually i should add that we could be paying a heck of alot more in taxes as some other towns do. Patchogue schools still you get the most bang for your buck. my gripe would be at least give folks a break like a 5 year tax freeze so people who dont get raises or lose jobs or have crisis could catch up. seems the rate of increases every year just puts folks out. taxes doubling in the past 5 years. where is other states it goes up like $100 year. and its not like our schools are paved with gold. I mean lets face it the teachers live on LI. Its expensive to live on LI. Even if a elementary teacher makes like $75-85k, thats not and ridiculous amount of money for where we live. Should we fight increases? yes. but you know.. we always seem to lose this battle unless we enter into a full blown overtaking of the gov't and civil war breaks out.
Jon Thomas March 20, 2013 at 01:07 AM
So today's editorial in Newsday says the following: "Consider how school sale would help community As school districts on Long Island deal with declining enrollments, closing and selling schools will become a big issue. It ought to be done in ways that gain the most revenue for districts, to further their mission of educating public school students." When is this district going to do what is necessary to help the students and tax payers. Wasn't this brought up last year, why did the board vote it down with the continued insistence on raising taxes? If Newsday can see this as a necessary action why can't the BOE?
Bob Micca March 20, 2013 at 01:51 PM
The BOE walks in lockstep with THE UNION.
Archie Bunker March 20, 2013 at 04:16 PM
sounds great. Is the 3million budget increase equating to 3million more in education services to be offered? That is what I thought
Archie Bunker March 20, 2013 at 04:17 PM
Are they offering $3,093,253 more in educational services or $3,093,253 more in benefits and pension costs? I am going with the latter. This isn't and never is about the kids. Still everyone complains. Here's the one tax increase we have a direct voice in and over 90% of the districts on LI pass their budgets every year. If you are too lazy to vote, why complain after the fact.
Archie Bunker March 20, 2013 at 04:17 PM
This has a lot more to do with voter apathy and greedy unions
Patchogue Snoop March 20, 2013 at 06:10 PM
Hey Mike, I think the BOE is using familiar tactics here......sure they could have approved an increase of 5% but they apparently settled for nearly three. Aren't we lucky. We are paying the highest teacher salaries in the county and probably the world. The education is in the bottom third. Some deal we are getting. You are probably tooyoung to remember but I remember when we voted the budget down awhile ago, the teachers responded by wearing black arm bands to work. I will never forget that show, and they claim it is for the kids. Sure it is. All for a bit more than a part time job that offers a potential of four, yes four raises a year. Shear insanity. The day I retire I am leaving Ney York with my money to spend elsewhere. Tired of paying for the public sector union thieves.
Patchogue Snoop March 20, 2013 at 06:14 PM
Just one more bit, check out the teachers only parking lots and the cars they drive...speaks volumes. Then compare to the cars driven by the hardworking folks who pay their salaries.
Al Lofaso March 20, 2013 at 06:38 PM
Your right chris, however, the big turnoff for the voting public is that when the budget is voted down the first time, its put up again. The public should not have to vote again. Its the game the schools play. Change will only come when the money follows the child to the school of there choice.
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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