LBI School District Budget Includes New Buses, Playground Renovations, Technology Upgrades

Sending Municipalities Will See a Tax Increase
May 23, 2018
File Photo by: Ryan Morrill The Ethel A. Jacobsen Elementary School in Surf City.

Long Beach Island School District’s 2018-19 budget will raise taxes for homeowners in the district’s five sending municipalities. The current operating budget is $7,861,525, and the overall total budget – which includes grant monies – is $8,006,749.

After taking into account various external revenue sources – federal grants, state aid, reserve, tuition, a budgeted fund balance and miscellaneous income – the local tax levy comes in at $6,476,536, up from $6,172,325 in 2017-18.

Based on a $500,000 assessed home value, annual school taxes in each of the sending municipalities will be as follows: Barnegat Light, $231.59, an increase of $3.88; Harvey Cedars, $234.25, an increase of $7.88; Long Beach Township, $253.79, an increase of $12.43; Ship Bottom, $243.83, an increase of $21.55; and Surf City, $255.00, an increase of $7.97.

According to Interim Business Administrator Brian Savage, “The impact on the tax rate is based on the (towns’) ratables, which then impacts the overall tax rate and ultimately the tax increase.”

The 2018-19 budget, said Savage, “includes many of the same programs and services for students as in previous years. This year’s budget also includes some exciting projects such as playground renovations.

“In addition, there are technology upgrades throughout the district and replacement of an aging phone system at the Ethel A. Jacobsen Elementary School. There are monies allocated for engineering services that will allow the district to assess the status of the school facilities.”

The district also plans to purchase two new school buses to replace aging vehicles in the fleet, and, additionally, to replace the bus garage roof.

The next regular meeting of the district’s board of education is scheduled for 7 p.m. June 19 in the media center of the LBI Grade School, at 201 20th St. in Ship Bottom.

Visit to see the full budget. —J.K.-H.

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