Pat-Med and South Country budget overviews

Vote to take place May 17

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PATCHOGUE-MEDFORD

The Patchogue-Medford School District will be holding its annual budget vote and board of education election on Tuesday, May 17. On that date, the voters of the school district will vote on the 2022-2023 school district budget proposal, which has been formulated by the board of education and district administration. 

Polls are open from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m. on Tuesday, May 17. Voters must vote in the polling place which serves the area in which they reside. Please contact the Office of the District Clerk at (631) 687-6370 to determine the appropriate polling place.

For an average home assessed at $3,000, the Patchogue-Medford School District’s 2022/23 $159,682,441 budget includes a yearly increase of $296.67, or $24 per month, with an estimated tax rate of 3.61 percent, which does not pierce the tax cap.

“The proposed budget is totally student-centered,” said superintendent of schools Dr. Donna Jones. “We are most pleased to include a nine-period day for middle- and high-school students, which will provide many additional learning opportunities for all secondary students.”

Propositions on the ballot include: 1, the budget; and 2, an authorization to establish a new capital reserve fund, as well as the district’s implementation of a nine-period day period at the middle schools and the high school and the district’s hiring of approximately 35 new teachers and staff to support instructional program expansions.

SOUTH COUNTRY

The budget was adopted on April 13 with a hearing on May 4 and vote on Tuesday, May 17. 

The district approved a 1.75 percent tax increase, or $108.35 increase per average household. The increase is below the 2.04 percent Suffolk County average. The district has also decided not to enter in “assumptive data,” and stated that they cannot project expected future increases.

The South Country School District budget gap has been identified as a mismatch in bond payments from 2005 to 2009 to be paid out over 20 years with state building aid, which will run out at the 15-year mark. 

State aid increased by $339,607 this year from $54,487,703 last year to $55,468,649 this coming year. Also, funding for UPK increased by just over $255,000 to serve additional students. The district also recommended the increase in aid also be used toward the child nutritional program to extend the universal breakfast program next year for all students in the district. The USDA announced that it will not continue free meals next year; however, South Country plans to continue a free universal breakfast program for all students next year again. The additional state aid of $339,607 will be used for the nutrition plan. 

WILLIAM FLOYD

According to the William Floyd School District, thanks to the state fully funding foundation aid, the district will be adding programs and reducing taxes by -4.86 percent, which represents a reduction in the tax levy of nearly $5 million.

The $169,082,728 2022-23 budget was adopted on April 12 with a total of $125,739,347 in foundation aid. This compares to last year’s $145,435,800 budget with $103.623,734 in foundation aid. This year, the average reduction per household will be $302 per year.

The annual budget vote and trustee election is scheduled for Tuesday, May 17 from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the William Floyd High School east lobby.

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