The Lynbrook Board of Education presented its proposed
budget for the 2013-14 school year at its monthly business meeting at Lynbrook
High School Wednesday evening.
During the budget hearing portion of the meeting, the board
presented the proposed $76.1 million budget to be voted on May 21. The
expenditure increase -- or budget-to-budget increase from last year’s budget --
is 2.3 percent.
Taxpayers’ money will account for approximately 86 percent
of the budget with a 1.52 percent tax levy increase from last year.
According to Lynbrook Interim Assistant to the
Superintendent Warren Meierdiercks, the 1.52 percent tax levy increase is the
third lowest increase in Nassau County, behind only the Roosevelt and Long Beach
The budget maintains all district programs and services. Included
in the budget are the additions of 4.8 full-time equivalent staff members.
A large part of the increase in the budget was seen in the
benefits area, which is experiencing a 10 percent increase. Teacher retirement
system contributions increased 4 percent and employee retirement system contributions
went up approximately 3 percent, while health insurance costs are increasing
The board warned those in attendance that maintaining such a
small tax levy increase will be much harder in the future.
“It is becoming increasingly difficult,” Superintendent Dr.
Melissa Burak said. “That 1.52 percent levy is a very low levy. It’s almost
half of what the average in Nassau County is.”
“We planned for this tax cap, but the planning only takes
you so far,” she added. “We were able to get through last year without major
cuts. Next year, depending on what the final calculation of the tax cap levy is,
we may have to start looking into some alternatives of what we have to cut back
or make a decision if we want to pierce.”
In addition to the budget vote, Lynbrook residents will also
vote on propositions for the use of $600,000 from the Technology Replacement
Fund Reserve and the use of $1.3 million from the original Capital Reserve and
the Renovation and Improvement of Facilities Fund. Both propositions have no
effect on the tax levy if approved.