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Egg Harbor City district introduces budget with 6-cent tax-rate increase

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Posted: Monday, March 29, 2010 11:58 pm

EGG HARBOR CITY - The Egg Harbor City Board of Education introduced a $7.9 million budget Monday night that, if passed, would raise the tax rate about 6 cents.

The $7,890,438 budget is a $74,811 increase over last year's budget and calls for the amount to be raised by taxes to increase by $190,320.

The tax rate per $100 of assessed value will go from 0.75 to 0.81. For a home assessed at $100,000, that means the local school district portion of the tax bill would be $810, or an increase of about $60.

The school district kept the tax rate level last year after increasing it by 13.5 percent in 2008-09.

Superintendent John Gilly III told The Press of Atlantic City last week that the district's $488,012 reduction in state aid, when coupled with rising costs, could mean the elimination of six jobs - 6 percent of its 99-member staff - and several programs.

"And this seems to be a warmup for next year," Gilly said Monday night of the likelihood that next budget season could be worse than this one. "We were decimated this year. ... I can't even begin to think where we could cut next year."

Contact Robert Spahr:

609-272-7283

RSpahr@pressofac.com

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