2018-19 District Budget
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 for students. The budget passed by a vote of 198-120.
The approved budget totaled $19,189,342 and increased spending by $533,417 or 2.9 percent. It carried 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 increased 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.
2017-18 District Budget
The OESJ community went to the polls on May 16, 2017 and approved a $18.6 million budget for the 2017-18 school year. The proposal called for spending $169,005 less than the 2016-17 school budget, and no property tax increase. In fact, it was the fourth straight year (since 2014) that the tax rate had remained the same, and the 2013 tax rate declined by 1 percent. The approved budget totaled $18,655,925. The budget passed by a vote of 305-115.
How did the approved budget affect school taxes?
In 2017-18, for the fourth year in a row, the tax rate did not increase. In fact, based on a typical $50,000 assessment, school tax bills declined since the 2013 merger. In September, that typical homeowner paid $774.50 in school taxes; in September 2015, that bill was $799; and in September 2013, the school tax bill was $832. These figures use a true value tax rate combining all seven towns in the school district.
Did the 2017-18 budget plan reflect the state’s property tax cap?
Yes. The state’s eight-step property tax levy cap formula for Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville yielded a 2017-18 school year property maximum tax levy cap increase of 0.34 percent. The budget called for a 0 percent tax increase – below the state maximum.
Voters also approved 309-105 spending $118,911 for the purchase of one 65-passenger school bus. The funding came from the Bus Purchase Reserve Fund and had no impact on school tax rates. A library levy proposition was also approved by a vote of 276-140