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.
Thursday, 12 December 2013 00:00
Jill Palmeri, founder of a local charitable organization born out of a tragic event to a loved one in her life, was honored by Garden City Mayor John J. Watras and his trustees at the village board meeting held on Thursday, Dec. 5.
The Andy Foundation was founded by Palmeri in 2004 to honor the memory of her late son Andrew; it’s mission is to help children in need, and to date, the volunteer-driven organization has raised more than $700,000 for kids throughout Long Island through fundraising efforts that include tag sales, football clinics, and bingo parties.
Wednesday, 11 December 2013 00:00
On Friday, Dec. 6, Federal District Judge Arthur Spatt ruled that the Village of Garden City violated the Fair Housing Act, and ordered the plaintiffs to submit a proposal for how the village might address the issue, to which the village must then respond.
The case stemmed from a 2004 plan by former County Executive Thomas Suozzi to sell developers the 25-acre site of the Department of Social Services office. Suozzi requested the zoning be changed to allow 311 units of multi-family housing. Negative reaction from the public prompted village officials to limit the zoning to 150 town houses, 90 single-family homes, or a combination of the two with each option allowing for up to 36 multifamily units.
Thursday, 12 December 2013 00:00Buckley Country Day School upper school students earned top honors at the end of this fall’s interscholastic soccer season. Garden City’s Katherine Gage, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bob Gage, was named the Most Improved Player of the Girls’ 5th and 6th-grade Red Team.
Thursday, 12 December 2013 00:00
Mad Science Winter Program
Garden City’s Department of Recreation and Parks is offering a six-week winter program geared to children who are interested in science. Mad Science of Long Island is a company who provides a wonderful and fun learning experience in an after school setting. Different topics such as “Bugs!” and “Walloping Weather” are offered for each week and the participants will cover a range of activities pertaining to the topic. Residents of the Village of Garden City entering grades k-5 are invited to attend.
The cost of the six-week program is $102 and all checks should be made payable directly to “Mad Science of Long Island.”