UNION, NJ – The Board of Education held a public hearing on Wednesday night to review the school district’s 2017-2018 budget.

“We wanted to build a budget from scratch,” said School Business Administrator and Board Secretary Greg Brennan.  “And we did that.  We came in at 2%.  We re-allocated money from places where it wasn’t being used properly and put it back into education, programs and the students.”

The total tax impact on the average household in Union is an increase of $82 for the year. 

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Brennan said the proposed budget includes no increase in state aid and a local tax levy increase of 2% ($1,719,622).  The cost per pupil totals $15,268. 

Revenues for the 2017-2018 proposed budget include the local tax levy of $90.5m (66%), $32.5m in state aid (24%), and $2.7m in federal aid (2%).  Additional revenue includes $6.6m in budgeted fund balance (5%) and $5.2 in miscellaneous revenue (4%).  The total proposed budget $137,558,833.

Brennan outlined appropriations with general and school administration at $9m (6.6%), capital outlay at $6m (4.3%), $3m for debt service (2.1%), instruction at $67.7m (49.2%), operations and maintenance at $10.2m (7.4%), employee benefits at $22.3m (16.2%), student support services at $13.5m (9.8%) and transportation at $5.9m (4.3%).

Brennan outlined continuing program offerings, including half-day pre-kindergarten and full-day kindergarten, elementary after school enrichment programs, athletic sports, co-curricular activities throughout the district, extended summer learning iReady program and summer academic bridge program, Title I extended learning program, and the after school and Saturday academy for middle schools.