Southold School: 2011-2012 Budget Breakdown

A decrease in assessed valuation of property has added to budget woes in Southold's school district.

TheBoard of Education has adopted a $26,254,778 budget for the 2011-2012 school year. The budget will be presented to voters on Tuesday, May 17. The following is a breakdown of what’s included in the budget and what is not. 


2010-2011 Approved Budget 2011-2012 Proposed Budget Percent Difference
$25,676,931 $26,254,778 2.25% Tax Levy $22,510,102 $22,828,921 1.42% Assessed Value $30,646,760 $30,446,760
Tax Rate Per $100 $73.4502 $74.9798 2.08%

In order to cope with declining assessed valuation of property within Southold and increasing costs, the district had to cut and reduce some programs.

  • The district will now be offering a combined junior high team for basketball and volleyball, instead of fielding separate teams for the seventh and eighth grades.
  • Saturday detention has been eliminated.
  • Superintendent David Gamberg will not accept a raise to his $175,000 salary. It is the second year, Gamberg has taken a pay freeze.
  • The elementary school summer enrichment program will not run this summer,  resulting in a more than $28,000 savings to the district.

Even with such a tight budget, Southold maintained its core programs and has added an athletic trainer with first aid certification and new cameras for the photography program.

Some of the highlights of the spending plan are included in the following table. The total teaching line includes salaries for teachers, aides, and assistants; supplies, equipment and enrichment.

2010-2011 Approved Budget 2011-2012 Proposed Budget Percent Change Students with Disabilities $3,718,082 $3,767,221 1.32% Total Teaching $7,197,411 $7,393,404 2.72% Business Administration $355,079 $364,607 2.68% Total Central Administration $246,077 $326,161 32.54% Supervision-Regular School $656,611 $646,846 (1.49%) Total Board of Education $62,128 $64,699 4.14% Total Transportation Costs $1,257,117 $1,240,983 (1.28%)
Vin Ricciardi May 09, 2011 at 09:00 PM
My home may be worth less now, but my taxes didn't go down. As a matter of fact, they went up.


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