The OESJ community went to the polls on May 15 and approved a $19.2 million budget for the 2018-19 school year. The budget boosts security at both schools and maintains all programs currently being offered to students. The budget passed by a vote of 198-120.
The approved budget totals $19,189,342 and increases spending by $533,417 or 2.9 percent. It carries a 1 percent increase in the tax levy – the first such increase in five years. The school tax bill on a home with a typical $50,000 assessment would increase by $12.25 per year or $1.02 per month.
The state’s eight-step property tax levy cap formula for Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville yielded a 2018-19 school year property maximum tax levy cap increase of 1.45 percent. The 2018-19 budget calls for a 1 percent tax increase – below the state maximum. Property owners will qualify for the state tax rebate because the budget stayed below the state’s maximum tax levy limit.
Voters also approved spending $250,000 to purchase one 65-passenger bus and two 28-passenger buses 200-112. The funding will come from the Bus Purchase Reserve Fund, and will have no impact on school tax rates.