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Amity Budget Passed By Regional Board Of Education — Three First Selectmen Share Thoughts

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May 082020
 

The Amity Budget was scheduled to go to referendum on Tuesday, May 5, but due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, “The referendum process was canceled by an executive order from the Governor and the authority for adopting a budget was given to governing authority of each municipality,” according to Theresa Lumas, Director of Finance & Administration at Amity. “As a regional school district, the Board of Education is the governing body.”

The actual amount of the 2020-21 Budget is $50,784,509, slightly less than the proposed $51.5 million presented earlier this year.

Here is the breakdown of the town shares:

Bethany – $9,000,731

Orange – $25,003,802

Woodbridge – $15,756,256

Total Member Towns Allocations $49,760,789

 

With the pandemic dictating our every move, children out of school, and unemployment at its highest since the Great Depression, this budget was not necessarily very popular among residents and town leaders.

One of those who spoke out was Orange First Selectman Jim Zeoli, whose town bears the highest burden.

“The economy has dramatically changed since they came up with this budget,” Zeoli said. “Everyone received a notice in their mail so they could submit comments to the board, but they were totally disregarded.”

“It’s not fair to the taxpayers or these communities,” he said.

Woodbridge First Selectman Beth Heller said, “In these difficult times I would have hoped for a lower increase or even no increase in the Amity budget for FY 2021. At the same time, I do know how important the Amity regional school system and education is to our Town.”

She added, “Since the three towns (Bethany, Orange, and Woodbridge) have no direct ability to set the Amity budget, it is something the taxpayers must accept. We continue to look for cost savings in the Town of Woodbridge’s budget, and hope to find additional reductions.”

Bethany First Selectman Paula Cofrancesco worked in the Amity Administrative office for 20 years and was a member of the Board of Education for a time, so she looked at it differently.

Cofrancesco said it’s difficult to process things and the ABOE worked hard to get the budget number down. “They provide the proper curriculum and services for our schools,” she said. “And they provide an outstanding education for Amity students.”

She added that we are all working under unusual circumstances and the towns have to take care of their own budgets now.

The Board of Finance has been taking resident’s mail-in comments regarding the budget and will consider them before voting on the town budget and setting the mill rate on May 18th.

 

 

Amity School Budget Passes (In All Three Towns)

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May 062014
 

The proposed $46, 047, 862 Amity School Budget for 2014-15 was approved 715 — 380.

The district for which this budget applies includes Amity High School — Woodbridge, Amity Middle School — Orange and Amity Middle School — Bethany.

Voter turnout was low, but historically, this is how the member towns roll.

Breaking it down by town:

Bethany: 152 YES, 124 NO

Orange: 275 YES, 166 NO

Woodbridge: 288 YES, 90 NO

Get Out And Vote On The Amity Budget Today 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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May 062014
 

Amity HIgh SchoolThe referendum on the Amity budget will be held today, Tuesday, May 6 at High Plains Community Center from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

Citizens of the BOWA community are strongly encouraged to exercise their right to vote.

At Amity High School, 18-year-old students who have registered to vote will be allowed to sign-out of school during study halls and travel to the polling locations in their respective towns in order to vote.

Since Orange is responsible for nearly 50% of the Amity budget, Orange residents should show some interest and give their input.

Here are 2 pages created to explain the budget so you know what you’re voting for.

Vote Today!

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Amity BOE Meeting Highlights: Budget, Referendum, Graduation

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Apr 092013
 

Amity HS websiteAmity Supt. Dr. John Brady announced the following:

The Amity Finance Committee and Board of Education held their monthly meetings last evening.

Three significant actions were taken as follows:

1.       The Finance Committee and the Board of Education voted unanimously to support the budget request which is 1.98% higher than the current year’s budget.

2.       A referendum date of May 8th was set for the budget referendum. All voters are encouraged to vote.

3.       The Board established Friday, June 21st as the date of graduation. Weather permitting, the ceremony will be held at the Dr. William E. Sim Athletic Complex on the campus of Amity Regional High School. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held indoors.

Amity Board of Education Unanimously Approves 2013-14 (+2.49%) Budget

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Mar 132013
 

Screen shot 2013-02-26 at 3.57.24 PMA Message from Supt. John Brady:

The Amity Board of Education unanimously approved the 2013-2014 spending plan at its regular meeting this past Monday.

The entire budget can be viewed on-line at www.amityregion5.org

The 2.49% increase is made up primarily of an increase in labor and medical insurance costs which amounted to over $1,000,000. You may recall that in the current year the teachers received no raise in pay at all. Administrators took a no pay increase in the previous year. Pay increases needed to be added to the budget for 2013-2014.

The next largest category of increase has to do with new mandates from the state regarding teacher and administrator evaluation, implementation of higher standards in English and mathematics along with new testing requirements for which we must to begin preparing students. These required initiatives are driving costs up for professional development, purchasing of new tests, etc.

Finally, we can wait no longer to replace outmoded technology devices. Due to the fiscal realities of the past several years we have put off replacement of equipment that should have been swapped out two and three years ago.

I urge you to take a look at the budget document at www.amityregion5.org

While the 2.49% increase is one of the lowest in the state (average Board approved budgets throughout the state are currently at 3.77%), we are confident that this budget will provide what our students need in a climate of ever increasing expectations.

Amity Proposed Budget Now Available Online

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Jan 202013
 

With the budget season heating up, town departments have presented their requests to the Board of Finance and the finance members have to tweak the numbers and make everything work for the town without killing residents with taxes.

Then there’s Amity. Every year Orange pays an exorbitant amount of money for the Amity School budget since we have the most students attending the regional schools of all the member towns.

Last Friday, Region 5 posted the 2013-14 Proposed Budget online for all to see. Click HERE.