Rocky Point Superintendent's Budget Exceeds Tax Cap, Avoids Cuts

Proposed budget would exceed the tax levy cap while maintaining all programs. Levy increase not determined until State budget is given.

Rocky Point Superintendent Michael Ring proposed a $71,574,012 budget for 2012-13, an increase of 2.97 percent from last year's budget, Monday night at .

Ring announced during the presentation that the budget will exceed the tax levy cap, which comes to a 1.84 percent increase for the district. The exact levy was not determined, however, and is pending announcement of the New York State budget. The state budget will also determine the exact state aid for the district.

"I'm not going to take a guess at it right now because there are a couple of things that will determine it," Ring said. "Not knowing what the amounts will be, I don’t want to speculate."

The budget presentation estimates that state aid will be at $22 million based on recent trends, though the actual number could be more or less. The proposed budget maintains all curricular and co-curricular activities, adds five Advanced Placement courses and continues the district's NEXT Step initiative.

"Im proud of the district's continuing commitment to providing the best, most comprehensive education that we can and we continue to do it at the lowest cost of any district in Suffolk County," Board president Michael Nofi said. "We deliver a 'full service menu' if you will, to our students, which many districts are not able to do at this time."

Also presented were potential outcomes if the levy stayed at the cap of 1.84 percent and all other estimates and costs remained the same. Reductions  included 13.5 full-time employees, athletics and all co-curricular activites at , school and the middle school.

A handful of community members addressed the budget, with some voicing support and others addressing concerns about the levy increase. A budget that exceeds the tax levy cap must be passed by a supermajority of 60 percent. Last year's district budget, which included a tax levy increase of close to five percent, passed by 67 percent.

"I'm proud to be part of a community that has supported [us] and I'd hope that they continue to do so," Nofi said.

Monday's complete budget presentation can be viewed on the district's website. The board will adopt a budget on April 18.

What do you think of the Superintendent's proposal? Tell us in the comments below.

localmom March 31, 2012 at 02:27 AM
When I am in town and hear a local teacher in my district complain that "the school board, in their infinite wisdom, decided not to give us a raise this year", but find out they DID get a $1000 raise (while those paying for it have taken pay CUTS or have lost jobs), then I do believe that SOME teachers are to blame for some of this. Not all, but some. It starts with an honest debate. If you can't be honest about your argument, then you have no real argument. Given the choice between a pay raise and your sports/ clubs, which do you think they'd choose?
localmom March 31, 2012 at 02:40 AM
Kathy Hogan March 31, 2012 at 01:04 PM
Someone here threatened violence against Ted Ratter. I think that shows what these school districts have been becoming. I hope that post gets deleted. Even to jokingly mention sending your husband to beat someone up tells boat loads about the attitude many in the district have about their taxpayers. Ted is right the servants are becoming dictators. You simply can't disagree with anything they want. They become angry and want to strike out at you like that teacher Lisa calling me bitter because I didn't like being told to cut out starbucks and brown bag my lunch to afford taxes. I don't go to starbuck now and already bag my lunch and that really hurt me. Telling me to leave if I have a problem paying taxes to is really uncalled for. Is that really their only answer they have? Mr. Ratter I checked out your link and google thing. I'm sorry you had to go through that even if somehow your job requires it and you don't seem to have minded it. I never knew that was going on over there and it looked really bad.
Lisa March 31, 2012 at 01:11 PM
Kathy I have no idea what that post about starbucks is. You need to go back and read the post honey. I was referring to your tone. LIsa
localmom March 31, 2012 at 01:14 PM
Seriously, Kathy, you have me all wrong. Read my posts. I am very much NOT one of those ppl of our schools w/ a bad attitude towards the taxpayers. In fact, I AM one of those taxpayers who has been advocating for change in FAVOR of the tax payers and the school children. I think if you read my posts, you'll realize that and you'll see that, clearly, Ted and I were joking around with each other.


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