Budget Season Is Here


Manhasset residents should be aware that the Manhasset School District has begun the school budget process which will impact real estate taxes for 2019-20. The Manhasset Superintendent of School Dr. Vincent Butera invites the community to join in the process and make your voice heard.
The preliminary budget has been released and maintains and enhances all existing programs and services.
The preliminary budget continues to focus on the district’s goals and priorities while strengthening the foundation. This will enable the schools to support ongoing initiatives and address needs all within the tax levy cap which is 2.99 percent. As always, health care costs are rising and in 2019-20 what is anticipated to be $13,625,138, and increase of $301,913. State mandated pension contributions have declined $574,132 to $5,170,741.
The 2019-20 Manhasset School District budget is $99,497,241, a $3,127,306 increase over this year, or 3.25 percent. The proposed school tax levy is $89,003,370 which is in the allowable tax levy increase of 2.99 percent. To better understand how this budget breaks down and what it includes and represents, residents are encouraged to attend one or more of the upcoming budget review sessions before the preliminary budget is adopted on April 16. This process is meant for the community to better understand the needs of the school district and why your taxes will increase.
School Budget Meetings:
Thursday, March 28, Informal Budget Hearing at Shelter Rock School
Thursday, April 11, Informal Budget Hearing at Munsey Park School
Tuesday, April 16, District Office/Community Room (Manhasset Budget Adoption and BOCES Budget Adoption/Board Election)
Thursday, May 9, Budget Hearing district office/community room
Tuesday, May 21, district office/community room
Tuesday, May 21, Budget Vote/Election Secondary School gymnasium
For up to date 2019-20 school budget information and documents, visit www.manhassetschools.org.
The more you know about the budget, the better you are able to cast your vote on May 21. Residents over the age of 18 who

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Elizabeth Johnson is former editor of Manhasset Press and Manhasset Press Magazine. Growing up in nearby Garden City and attending New York University, she is well-versed in the locale and knowledgeable about the beat she covers. Her community involvement is extensive and includes the Manhasset SCA, Kiwanis International, Manhasset Chamber of Commerce, St. Mary’s Church, and various civic and local charitable organizations. Curious by nature, her travels, community service, love of the arts as well as local sports give her the inside view to unique content. During her time at Anton, she has received several awards from the New York Press Association and the Press Club of LI, including the coveted "Best Community Newspaper" several years in a row.


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