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Long Branch School Budget Shows Tax Increase

LONG BRANCH: The Long Branch School District budget calls for higher taxes, and no major staff or program reductions.

The 2014-15 budget totals $93,292,922, an increase over the 2013-14 budget of $90,767,318

Long Branch School District Superintendent Michael Salvatore said the budget calls for a 5 cent tax increase and a tax rate of .057 cents $100 of assessed value.

"That means if a home is valued at $285,000, it's a $13 per month increase," Salvatore said.

Salvatore said the failed sale of the West End School to Menachem Learning Institute, which would have added $3.3 million to the district, caused school officials to make changes to the budget.

"Because of the failed bid, we've had to reduce the budget, and it's caused distress to the administration," he said.

However, he said the district has been able to maintain its staff because of "reductions through attrition."

"We will not be filling some of our retired positions," he said.

The district will not be replacing one central administration staff member who will be retiring at the end of the school year.

"We're using that money to offset expenditures in our curriculum supervision program," Salvatore said.

Some changes to the district's programs were made including the reduction of the preschool and middle school summer programs to half-day events. The high school summer camp was changed from a 6-week, 5-day program to a 5-week, 4-day program.

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