Written by Michael Scro, firstname.lastname@example.org Friday, 15 March 2013 00:00
The Garden City school board held a budget session on Tuesday, March 5, where a presentation on the district’s tax certiorari was held by Superintendent of Schools Dr. Robert Feirsen.
The meeting’s topic came as a result of the Nassau County Appellate Court’s decision to reverse Nassau County’s tax certiorari shift of liability for settlements to schools districts.
The superintendent’s original 2013-14 budget recommendations to the board included $1,396,000 to be placed in a tax certiorari reserve fund for settlement reimbursements. However, as the reversal may be appealed by the county executive and legislature, the board is currently in the process of formulating the budget under the uncertainty of the future of the tax certiorari ruling.
The board is also questioning whether, under the circumstances, the school district has the authority to establish a tax certiorari reserve fund. They are currently prioritizing a list of programs and needs to restore if the board reduced the budget by the monies originally slated for the tax certiorari reserve fund.
One of the questions Superintendent Feirsen raised regarding their decision is if the Appellate Division’s ruling stands - at least for the time being — $1,396,000 in the budget no longer needs to be dedicated to tax certiorari settlements.
“The budget could be lowered by $1,396,000 with a corresponding lowering of the tax rate,” Feirsen said.
According to the school board, the money initially devoted to tax certiorari could be redirected to supporting programs and other district needs, including class size, curricular clubs, summer school/AIS, a replacement of a facilities department truck and BOCES career and technical education programs.
“Amounts to be added to other budget codes could range from $1.00 to $1,396,000,” Dr. Feirsen said.
The district has announced a $107,930,252 proposed overall budget for 2013-14, and for the budget to increase by $3,714,724, or 3.56 percent. The projected tax levy increase with STAR is 3.86 percent, and the maximum allowable tax levy is 3.91 percent.
The board tabled their discussion on reserves until their next budget session on March 19. They had discussed reserves in previous meetings, as well as non-instructional expenses.
Friday, 18 April 2014 08:18
Tom Onorato, the nephew and office manager of Dr. Joseph Onorato Garden City practice All Island Dermatology Plastic Surgery & Laser Center, recently celebrated the birth of a baby boy with his wife Melissa. Both were thrilled when Thomas Kevin Onorato came into the world on September 10, 2013. Despite being born five weeks early, baby Thomas managed to surprise his parents with his indomitable spirit and was sent home with a clean bill of health. A mere four days later began the fight for Thomas’ life.
Saturday, 19 April 2014 00:00
At a time when municipalities are grappling with keeping expenditures down, the Village of Stewart Manor saw not only its 2014-15 operating budget increase, but its mayor’s salary. At a meeting of the board of trustees held on Monday, April, 8, Stewart Manor adopted a budget of $2,418,548.03, a 1.4 percent increase over the previous year. In addition, the board approved a raise of $1,000 for Mayor Gerard Tangredi, bringing his salary to $3,000. The salaries for trustees John Egan, M. Carole Schafenberg, and William Grogan are set at $2,000 each. Deputy Mayor Michael Onorato has declined his stipend.
Salaries and benefits make up 42 percent of the total budget. According to the state comptroller, it’s acceptable for that number to be as high as 65 percent. The total costs of salaries and benefits have actually decreased by around 5 percent from the previous year’s adopted budget.
Friday, 18 April 2014 08:33
Easter Egg Hunt For Pre-K To Grade 5
The Garden City Recreation Department is once again sponsoring the annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 19 at Community Park’s fields. This Year Three hunt will be held at 10 a.m. sharp with three age divisions: preschool to kindergarten, grades 1 and 2; and grades 3 to 5.
Special eggs will be stuffed and hidden for all divisions. Each hunt will also feature a grand prize (an Easter basket filled with goodies) which will go to the youngster who finds the egg marked “#1 Lucky Egg.” For further information about the hunt, please call the recreation department at 516-465-4075.
Thursday, 17 April 2014 10:29
Garden City residents continue to excel while participating in the athletic program over at Uniondale’s Kellenberg Memorial High School.
Each season, coaches of Kellenberg sports pick one player from their squad who has demonstrated remarkable commitment to the team through their hard work at practice and in competition.
The Village of Garden City has a long history of residents who've excelled both on the academic and athletic side of the ledger at Kellenberg. This time around, seniors Kelly O’Donnell (varsity cheerleading), Stacy Madelmayer (varsity girls basketball) and Bryan Salecker (swimming and diving team) have all been awarded the Commitment Award for their outstanding efforts, devotion, hard work and commitment to their respective teams.