Tammany Parish School Board set to trim property tax rate

Tammany Parish School Board set to trim property tax rate

Tammany Parish School Board set to trim property tax rate

Statewide, school taxes are proposed to increase by about $515 million for the 2018-19 school year.

ERES Academy has 223 students this year, but the new campus would allow the school to grow to more than 620 students, according to city and school district records.

"The School Board has not been consulted by the city about how this impacts our plans for our mix of schools", Gonzales wrote the Express in an email.

In recent years, teachers, staff and administration have recognized the increasing needs of mainstream students unable to manage their emotions and behavior.

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Next year's proposed budget is reduced by $129,059.

"I always get nervous when we do a conservative budget, and this is a conservative budget and we're doing it in uncertain time", said school board member Natalie Beyer.

The board will vote this Monday whether to approve the tentative budget.

The board voted to close the three schools at the end of this school year.

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My hope is that all eligible Waterloo School District voters get out to vote Tuesday at the District Office (across from the skate park on Washington Street) from noon to 9 p.m.

A school board could also decide to simply adopt what is called a contingency budget, which limits certain spending. The candidates include Christopher Brewer, Sean Finnerty and incumbent Melissa Palmer. He has been a principal in the Schley County School System in Ellaville, Ga., and in Lexington/Richland School District 5 in Irmo. Based on the current transportation aid rate, New York State will reimburse the district an estimated 87.9 percent for the cost of these vehicles, leaving a local share of $44,989. Any increase to the tax rate will be offset significantly by lowered maintenance costs, the district said in its budget newsletter.

The DPS Board of Education approved Superintendent Pascal Mubenga's proposed budget last week that requests $137.1 million from Durham County, including the $5 million increase.

Superintendent Art Tate has asked the board to determine whether it supports Vision 2020 as the platform for the board to respond to the district's School Budget Review Committee and, if not, how the board intends to respond to the committee. Ficarra noted that debt service is outside the budget. The tax levy, or amount to be raised by taxes, is $8,011,795, an increase of $66,738, or 0.84 percent. The board room was packed with more than 130 people including students, clergy, activists, alumni and other community members who came out to protest the cancellation.

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There are also five candidates vying for three vacant seats on the Board of Education. Previously she served as vice president of the South Manor Board of Education and spent time as a member of the Eastport South Manor Centralized High School Board of Education. The fourth seat is for the remaining two years of a term vacated by a resignation last July.

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