School Budget Meeting Tonight
Hoboken Superintendent of Schools Jack Raslowsky is holding a budget information session at 8pm tonight at the Calabro School (524 Park).
Raslowsky is expected to give a half hour presentation on the state of the budget in the current school year and discuss his administration’s work on his budget proposal for the 2009-2010 school year. Following his comments the public will be given the opportunity to ask questions. The meeting is not publicly noticed as an official Board of Education work session or budget workshop. It appears to be set up as more of a prelude to the usual budget process.
What can we expect for 2009-2010?
The modus operandi of the Hoboken Board of Education over the last several years is to allow the Superintendent to increase his budget as much as the increase in Hoboken tax ratables will allow without an actual tax increase. So, if $2,000,000 in school taxes from new projects such as Maxwell Place or The Shipyard comes rolling in, the money goes into a growing budget without anyone noticing a change in their school tax bill. This has allowed the budget to grow from about $38,000,000 in the 2000-2001 school year to $56,300,000 this year.
Spending up over $20 million in 9 years?
School districts in New Jersey are allowed to raise their year-to-year spending by four percent without asking for a waiver from the state. Last year Superintendent Raslowsky kept his increase under four percent, and comments at recent board meetings lead people to believe he will do it again this year. That would mean a budget that grows to as much as $58,561,120 for 2009-2010 for a gain of over two and a quarter million dollars. The money will go toward the recently approved teachers’ union contract that allowed raises of 4.3% a year for three years.
Raslowsky talks about the budget tonight at 8pm at Calabro School at 524 Park Avenue.