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DeLuca: School Budget Cuts Are Coming

Terebush says ballot confusion may have swung vote on school referendum

The township council will definitely make cuts to the defeated school tax levy, Council President Brian DeLuca told Brick Patch. Meanwhile, Board of Education President Kim Terebush said she was “shocked” when the election results came in Wednesday showing voters had rejected the school tax levy referendum.

“It wasn't a mandate, but it was defeated,” DeLuca said of the school referendum. “The taxpayers are expecting us to make some type of cut.” 

DeLuca said township officials have already been in touch with James Edwards, the district’s business administrator, but council members will wait until after the school board reorganizes May 5 before it begins formally reviewing the spending plan, which was . A second referendum asking voters to approve $8.6 million in above-cap spending on the municipal government side passed. The school tax levy, which was within cap, failed, meaning the township council will now review the figures and potentially make cuts, in accordance with state law.

“Whoever the new [school board] president is, I'm looking forward to sitting down with him or her,” said DeLuca.

Since candidates aligned with Terebush lost to candidates aligned with board members John Talty and Warren Wolf, it is unlikely Terebush will remain board president. A vote will be held to elect a president at the May 5 reorganization meeting.

For her part, Terebush said she was shocked and disappointed that voters did not support the proposed school tax levy, which would have translated to a tax increase of about $55 per year for the average Brick homeowner.

“We did our homework and we were able to come under the 2 percent cap,” said Terebush.

“It is shocking to me that we would vote for garbage pickup but not our children’s education,” she said, alluding to the fact that public garbage pickup would have been eliminated if the municipal referendum was defeated.

Terebush also said she “absolutely” believes the physical layout of the ballot was part of the reason the school referendum was defeated.

The school question was positioned on the top-right side of the ballot while the township referendum was positioned near the bottom-left. Speculation has run rampant since the votes were counted that some residents who may have intended to vote against the municipal budget may have mistakenly voted against the school budget since it was the first referendum to appear on the ballot, at about eye-level. Unofficial totals from the Ocean County Clerk show the school question received approximately 1,500 more votes than the highly controversial municipal question.

For DeLuca, who served as school board president before being elected to the township council, the review process he will follow will include a committee of council members as well as a citizens’ committee which will be charged with reviewing the budget and making suggestions.

“We'll have a lot of different eyes looking at it,” DeLuca said.

blueoyster April 30, 2011 at 01:44 AM
I did the same I voted yes to school, no to town? What happen to everyones vote?
blueoyster April 30, 2011 at 01:50 AM
Great idea! Remember Mr. Brian DeLuca++++++++ Dont fear the reaper *)
clamdigger April 30, 2011 at 01:56 AM
Hello Wart; thanks for the link but it reads "Page Cannot be Displayed" so it's a bad link or something. Either way I get your hint, just rather peculiar there wasn't any real "Press" on the subject of the BOE budget or what the increase was to allocated for. Also it seems that Mr.Hrycenko had a nice closed door session tonight w/ the BOE probably regarding his review and possibly a new contract. Gee I wonder if he'll get another contract and a nice raise granted by those who just got the boot out the door.
Dawn Marie White April 30, 2011 at 05:18 AM
I do not know if people know this or not but the council can only pass the levy amount. They can not dictate to the board what to cut or who to cut. So it's very important that the board members who will be make these decisions make the right cuts in the right places. Never new a school librarian was such a lucrative profession and 3 nurses in one high school to the tune of $196,228.00 why? 28 Principals =$3.6 Million, Health Insurance $18 Million, Prescription Plan 4.9 Million Dental Plan $1.1 Million Other Medical $50K, SS & Pensions $4.3 Million. Perfect Attendance Bonus Grades 1-5$69,000 Perfect Attendance Bonus Grades 6-8 $53,000 Perfect Attendance Bonus Grade 9-12 $64,700 . All I know is $186,000 could boost the technology line items greatly, which IMO are disgraceful. These kids are the future leaders use the money to improve their learning experience. Create incentives for students to excel. Who gets a bonus for not calling out of their job for 180 days out of 365 days a year? Here is the link to the budget for those of you who are interested. http://www.brickschools.org/district/boffice/Documents/Budget%202011-12/2011-2012%20Proposed%20Budget%20Detail%203-29-11.pdf
OceanCounty April 30, 2011 at 11:26 AM
"Health Insurance $18 Million, Prescription Plan 4.9 Million Dental Plan $1.1 Million" I have written our Governor and elected officials many times, and we all need to do that if this is ever going to get fixed. Trenton is finally doing something about the medical costs, but it will be a slow process, and not the complete. Do you guys know that public retirees get free health benefits for life! Well it's costing us plenty to provide that benefit, and it needs to stop. There's no reason public retirees cannot pay thier fair share. If we keep these benefit costs down, we'll keep taxes down
ginny April 30, 2011 at 12:27 PM
We need to ask the fbi to look into this mayor and council. These jobs that r being handed out to friends and family is a crime it is called racketeering.
Concerned Brick Citizen April 30, 2011 at 05:44 PM
Out of all the residents I wonder who is qualified to vote in a Brick election. Many people with second properties can't. Renters shouldn't even have a say in an elelction which effect property taxes. When I lived in PA as a renter I paid a per head tax... If Brick did that our taxes would be spread more across the board and probably be lower.
Concerned Brick Citizen April 30, 2011 at 05:50 PM
I spend a lot of time on the phone with various departments. Started with the Comptroller's office was told to call another number, told to call the county which told me to call the state. Talk about running around in circles. Each department told my why did that department tell you to all us, etc. Talk about government waste. If none of these people can help us... Time to eliminate those jobs. I wasted hours of my personal time trying to get answers. How frustrating. If none of these jobs are important and can't help the public, they are just another waste of tax payer money and fraud.
Concerned Brick Citizen April 30, 2011 at 05:51 PM
Dawn Marie, Please help me sell my property so I can wash my hands of Brick!
Ken May 01, 2011 at 04:47 AM
The town council was more concerned about the school budget then there own budget, I could not understand this. The school did there Job with the budget, kept it at 2% which Christie wanted these towns to do. If I was in the town council or the Mayor, I would not be able to sleep at night
80 May 01, 2011 at 11:49 AM
I am so happy I do not have to renew DL til next year YES! I was wondering why lakewood DMV would hire another double dipper from Brick township!
HOFFA May 01, 2011 at 07:26 PM
Ginny, you are correct. The FBI is a great idea. However, they are short staffed too. Domestic and International terrorism among other things take priority. But if you make a complaint it has to be investigated eventually. So call them and good luck!
Brick May 01, 2011 at 08:12 PM
DeLuca should have said if there is waste to be cut then they will do it... If they can then they should if not it's only a $50 tax increase...
Brick May 01, 2011 at 08:13 PM
What the school board needs to do in hire from within no more outsiders.
Mickey May 02, 2011 at 11:34 AM
while I agree, wouldn't that up-set the Toms River-Brick hiring policies that have been taking place already. you know, lay off Brick employee's, replace them with Toms River's "friends" ?
Lori Morrison May 02, 2011 at 12:12 PM
The Councill has the authority to make zero cuts to the school budget. They should take a look at the Transportation Director and his assistant's salaries. If the man actually showed up on a daily basis and did his job, he would not had to create a new position for an assistant. His job title needed to be changed because he is not certified as a Coordinator of Transportation, the job title that was in place for almost 50 years. How much influence does he have on the Council's decisions regarding the school budget. My opinion is he needs to resign from either the council or from Transportation, or both so he can focus on his buisness in the trucking industry. His name is Sangiovanni, and he is a prime example of conflict of interest, and we the taxpayers pay for his salaries and benefits. One more reason the Mayor and Council SHOULD NOT receive benefits. Sangiovanni saves a large amount of money for his business by not having to insure himself and his family, we do it for him
Lori Morrison May 02, 2011 at 12:19 PM
They claim people who have a conflict of interest will not be appointed to the committee reviewing the budget. Kind of like Juan Bellu abstaining from the vote to hire Acropolis to the TRMUA.
mike53 May 02, 2011 at 02:01 PM
Lori, what you posted just shows how all these double and triple dippers have SERIOUS conflict of interest issues. And you're right about the transportation director having a conflict with his council duties. He should immediately give up one of his positions but trust he won't!!! He's part of the OC GOP RAT PACK!!!!
patriotmfd May 03, 2011 at 04:15 PM
Toms River School system mired in corruption, http://www.app.com/article/20110503/NJNEWS/110503018/Conflict-interest-Toms-River-schools-paid-millions-firm-Ritacco-link ….. many employees and contractors feeding at the property tax trough in Toms River… lets see TR School Sys 200 million budget with 14,650 students that equals $ 13,605 per student per yr. with plenty of money for the Ritacco gang… Compare that to Brick student costs at proposed budget 139.804 million with 9,901 students equals $14,120 per student------plenty of money to waste here too. … Just saying these administrators need to be trying to reduce spending….not keep raising taxes… there is plenty of money to teach the students…. the more they spend the more crumbs drop into that trough. We need honest and trust worthy leaders…… stop the spending……. god help us
whathappened May 03, 2011 at 05:06 PM
A shame how they used Mr. Wolf to sign his name to their budget letter to get the budget passed and now they want to make cuts to school budget to the exact same people who helped them get their budget passed. And w/ the school budget failing by such a minimal amount, historically town council's around the state make little or no cuts. I can see if it was defeated by a landslide like last time. The School budget stayed under 2 percent state cap and we cut funds from them, but town goes over budget more than any municipality in state. Makes no sense, but what does in this town. Keep cutting programs from the kids so you can live in your nice houses.
Jenny Vance May 03, 2011 at 05:36 PM
Complaints: Racketeering - https://tips.fbi.gov/ If everyone on here were to file a report about the Brick Town Council with FBI they would look into it. Stop complaining and do something. Ballot irregularity: Ocean County Clerk - http://www.clerk.co.ocean.nj.us/comments.htm Election Board of Ocean County - http://www.co.ocean.nj.us/ElectionBoard/ NJ Dept of State - Division of Elections - http://www.state.nj.us/state/elections/election_certifications.html NJ Election Law Enforcement - http://www.elec.state.nj.us/publicinformation.htm OPRA Form - http://www.state.nj.us/dep/opra/opraform.html online form http://www.ocean.nj.us/.%5C%5CPDFs%5C%5COpraForm.pdf Ocean County PDF form Brick BOE Budget - C:\Documents and Settings\owner\Local Settings\Temp\User Friendly budget presented to voters.mht Brick Township Budget - http://www.twp.brick.nj.us/library/budget/Budget_Presentation_2011.pdf (be patient - takes a while to load) Brick Teacher/Admin Salaries - http://php.app.com/edstaff/results2.php?county=OCEAN&district=BRICK+TOWNSHIP&school=%25&lname=&fname=&job1=%25&Submit=Submit You may need to update this Great that the teachers salaries are so easy to find. Wouldn't it be great if we could find everyone's salary?! How would you like your salary published for everyone to see. Any more sites you would like let me know - an informed citizen is a valuable citizen.
Jenny Vance May 03, 2011 at 05:40 PM
As for the BOE complaints - I urge EVERYONE to go to the BOE meetings. SPEAK UP!! Tell them what we/you want . But be informed - while the BOE can approve the budget they can't really tell anyone how to run the schools. They are limited in what they are legally responsible for. Check out the NJSBA - http://www.njsba.org/ Check out the BOE Ethics - http://www.njsba.org/candidacy/ethics11.pdf
clamdigger May 03, 2011 at 06:16 PM
How can this be said any more simple, 83% (that's $0.83 cents) of every dollar in the BOE BUDGET goes toward PAYROLL. That leaves 17% ($0.17 cents out of every dollar) of the BOE BUDGET for everything else including "the kids". We have 12 schools in this town, so IF every school got 1% (1 penny of every BOE Budget dollar) of the budget that = 12% of the 17% not going toward PAYROLL. This stopped being about the kids decades ago and now eveyone is finally realizing it, well the barn door has been open for so long the animals don't want back in, they want to run free and play. If you cut the head off the NJEA we might get a chance at having it be about the kids.
Lisa Ligato-Menshon May 03, 2011 at 07:27 PM
Youre right but the TWU and Teamsters did give up something.They took wage freezes along with contributing more towards medical.
patriotmfd May 03, 2011 at 08:58 PM
It’s not just the school budget that is the problem.. We the people of Brick on average make less than the teachers, administrators and PBA and we pay our own benefits and work 45yrs not the 25yrs, retire and get a pension for 45 yrs like the PBA. You raised my taxes 12% school Budget 2% utilities 1% and 10 % of us are unemployed You are forcing good people to leave. Brick is on its way to becoming a welfare town like Asbury (by the way Asbury spends $23,000 a yr per student) so throwing money at it is not the answer. The unions need to pay more the their benefits and the town leaders need to stop spending and look at cutting cost… no more solar power,. wind projects, marinas, shopping centers until you can figure how to plow the snow and balance the budget with out raising taxes
patriotmfd May 03, 2011 at 09:21 PM
The intent is not to cut programs from the kids…. but to make the teachers and administrator pay more of their benefits…. if you rubber stamps every increase the increases will increase… there is waste and redundancy and spoilage in the budget as in Toms River. Get rid of the assistant administrator’s assistant ??? Some of the 83% ( $$$ 116 million) payroll a year needs to be spent on maintaining the buildings not the teachers over the top health and retirement benefits!!!.....its crazy
disgusted homeowner May 04, 2011 at 12:06 PM
I find it ironic that a group of council people who can't control spending in the municipal budget and spend taxpayer money like drunken sailors, are going to be the same people who review our school budget.. They never saw real estate they didn't want to buy, or a sport or activity they didn't want to add, or friends and family they didn't want to hire. And this is the group running a town this size???? Bricktucky?????? Ring a bell????? God forbid if one of them had an ounce of fiscal responsibility in them.
disgusted homeowner May 04, 2011 at 12:11 PM
Because of econmics, I will probably have to work till my full retirement age of almost 67. I can't fathom allowing these public workers to retire at 50 and 55. But when the pension fund is empty and there's no more checks, then and only then will reality set in. The governor has warned them this could happen, and pension plans in this country default and go broke EVERY DAY. Their pension accounts are shaky to say the least. I hope the governor continues to take the hard line he has, otherwise the state will be bankrupt. It's time the public sector is treated EXACTLY like those of us in the private sector. Pay a fair amount for your healthcare just like the rest of us do.
disgusted homeowner May 04, 2011 at 12:24 PM
Dail, the ones who couldn't bother to get out and vote are the ones who will complain the loudest when the tax bills hit the mailbox on August 1, 2011. They'll act like they knew nothing about the referendum or the tax increase to go with it. Let them go into foreclosure, i don't care if they didn't care enough to just vote. I believe the town has roughly 50,000 registered voters and less than 20,000 showed up on such an important issue. That truly is a shameful mark on an uneducated electorate. But they will be yelling on Aug.1!!!!!!!
disgusted homeowner May 04, 2011 at 12:28 PM
And furthermore, i don't consider paying 1.5% a fair contribution at all, and certainly the eight tenths of one percent that the PBA pays towards their cadillac healthcare is disgraceful !!!!!!! But this mayor OK'D that contract too!!!!!!

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