High school district sets April 30 for public hearing on budget


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April 30 has been scheduled as the date for a public hearing on the $201.4 million budget the Freehold Regional High School District Board of Education has introduced for the 2018-19 school year.

District administrators said the budget will be supported by the collection of $138.39 million in taxes from residential and commercial property owners in the district’s eight sending municipalities: Colts Neck, Englishtown, Farmingdale, Freehold Borough, Freehold Township, Howell, Manalapan and Marlboro.

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Residents will have the opportunity to comment on or ask questions about the budget during the public hearing at 6:30 p.m. April 30 at the district’s administration building, 11 Pine St., Englishtown.

The 2017-18 budget totaled $201.9 million and was supported by a tax levy of $135.75 million, according to district administrators. The increase in the tax levy for 2018-19 amounts to $2.64 million, although the total budget has decreased by $500,000.

The FRHSD will receive $51.56 million in state aid for 2018-19; that is the same amount the district received in 2017-18. Administrators will use $11.8 million from surplus funds (savings) as revenue in the 2018-19 budget. The 2017-18 budget used $10.5 million from surplus.

Administrators have not yet presented the high school district tax rate and the assessed value of the average home for each sending municipality for 2018-19, but did provide the total amount of taxes that property owners in each municipality are projected to pay in the upcoming year:

• Colts Neck: $13.5 million for 2018-19; down from $13.96 million in 2017-18;

• Englishtown: $1 million for 2018-19; same as 2017-18;

• Farmingdale: $569,765 for 2018-19; up from $541,919 for 2017-18;

• Freehold Borough: $3.6 million for 2018-19; same as 2017-18;

• Freehold Township: $28.20 million for 2018-19; down from $28.21 million for 2017-18;

• Howell: $30.96 million for 2018-19; up from $28.99 million for 2017-18;

• Manalapan: $27.57 million for 2018-19; up from $26.7 million for 2017-18;

• Marlboro: $32.95 million for 2018-19; up from $32.73 million for 2017-18.

Assistant Superintendent for Business Administratration Sean Boyce spoke about the district’s enrollment and staffing, saying, “We expect to see a continued modest decline in enrollment, about 1 percent. However, those numbers are subject to change depending on student acceptance into vocational programs. Additionally, we expect a slight decrease in staffing once the enrollment numbers are finalized.”

Freehold Regional High School District taxes are one item on a property owner’s tax bill. A total tax bill also includes municipal taxes, Monmouth County taxes and other assessments. The taxes an individual pays to a taxing entity depend on the assessed value of that individual’s home and/or property and the tax rate determined by each taxing unit.

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