The Farmingdale School District hosted its third special meeting and budget workshop on March 26, regarding the 2014-15 proposed budget.
At the meeting, the district reviewed the proposed budget and capital improvement projects, and presented its multi-year planning projections. The district’s proposed budget stays within its tax levy limit of 1.81 percent, which was calculated with the formula provided by New York State.
“It is very important to maintain an open dialogue with our residents and to provide a forum for them to ask questions pertaining to the budget,” said Paul Defindini, assistant superintendent for business. “I believe we were able to effectively communicate to our community the importance of developing a fiscally responsible and balanced budget.”
The district provided the community with an analysis of its budgeted revenue and expenditure projections in the long term, and included information about its five-year facilities plan. It is in the process of replacing windows and curtain walls, and making energy-efficient improvements associated with its energy performance contract.
The propositions that will appear on the May 20, 2014 ballot are:
Proposition 1 – The proposed 2014-2015 budget
Proposition 2 – Consent for use of capital reserve funds at no cost to the taxpayer
Community members are encouraged to become involved in the issues that affect the district's schools. The next budget workshops will take place on April 2 and April 9 at Howitt Middle School East Cafeteria beginning at 8 p.m. For more information, visit the district’s website.
Voters head to the polls to decide on the 2014-15 proposed budget on Tuesday, May 20, at the Howitt Middle School East gymnasium from 6 a.m.–9 p.m.