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Marlton 0403

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www.marltonsun.com
APRIL 3-9, 2013
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Lenape Regional
Residents to see regionalschool tax decrease.
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SHANNON CAULFIELD/The Marlton Sun
Cherokee High School freshman Tara Zeuli scores against West Winsor-Plainsboro South High School during the March 28 scrim-mage. Cherokee topped West Windsor-Plainsboro South 14-5. The regular season beings the first week in April.
Girls lacrosse scrimmage
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By SHANNON CAULFIELD
The Marlton Sun
Marlton residents’ taxes willincrease by 2.8 percent, or $44 peryear on the average assessedhome of $271,200, following theboard’s approval of the 2013-2014budget.The budget was approved for$68.8 million.According to Business Admin-istrator Dennis Nettleton, thegeneral fund tax levy is $2 millionbelow the maximum allowabletax levy cap.State aid will provide $13.5 mil-lion to the district. The net differ-ence from state aid last year tothis year was $2,188, with thebiggest losses in transportationand equalization aid.The proposed budget wouldhave cost taxpayers approximate-ly $80 per year for the average as-sessed home, which has sincebeen reduced.“The total tax levy has been re-duced by $1.4 million since theFebruary presentations. In Feb-ruary, the total tax levy was pro-
 please see
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Evesham Township residentswill see the proposed Lenape Re-gional High School District taxlevy decrease 1.16 cents, or $35.12per average assessed home of $271,200, come to fruition.The board of education adopt-ed the 2013-2014 budget during itsMarch 26 meeting.The adopted budget is $150.4million, a 1.79 percent increasefrom the current year.“This changes every year,”Vice President of the BoardDavid Stow said. “The four basiccharacteristics that come into thetax, the changes in equalizedvalue, the changes in ratables, thechanges in regional enrollmentand the assessed value of averagehomes. If you see a big change inany of those four, it’s probablygoing to mean something’s goingto happen in the share or theamount that the township has topay.”According to Stow, each com-munity’s share of the $110.3 mil-lion budget is raised in taxes.Marlton and Mt. Laurel carry theburden of the taxation, bothtowns reflecting high enrollmentnumbers.Marlton is responsible for 28.8percent of the taxation, costingthe average homeowner $1,653per year.State aid remained unchangedat $28.4 million.“Our budget is a no programsadded, no additional staff added – except for those staff membersthat are mandated for individualeducational program students,”Stow said. “We have 13 studentscoming in from our sending dis-tricts with IEPs and those IEPsrequire a paraprofessional, a signlanguage person or special educa-tion teacher.”LRHSD is also responsible forIEP students not attending aschool within the district, an $8million cost.“There was an increase in out-of-district tuition. When an IEPstudent comes to us, that IEPgives the student the right to aneducation outside of our district,and we have to foot the bill,” Stowsaid. The district stands to paythe bill until the student reachesthe age of 22. “It’s out of ourhands,” he said.The district has been met withchallenges, as state aid has fluctu-ated over the years, and it now re-ceives $2.5 million less than the2009-2010 school year.The district has an additional$2.9 million to account for with a2 percent salary increase for allstaff, health benefits increase,SDA grant repayment increase, a
Tax decrease in regional levy
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