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I have read with interest the posted budgets of LCMR and LTES compared with Middle Twp. Middle Twp. does run its K-12 district for less money than our two districts combined. How does dissolving the LCMR district mean we will pay more in taxes?
Publication date: 
9/10/2014
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Bob Norton
- Greensboro, North Carolina

Thank you spouter, this is the point I have been trying to make. I bought into the higher taxes rhetoric until I read the budgets. If the regional district remained separate from the existing Lower Township District our taxes would rise. However, if the regional district was absorbed by the existing district, the new K-12 district could then operate on par with Middle Township's significantly lower budget. This would NOT equal a tax increase, rather a tax DECREASE.

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wonder woman

Dissolving the LCMR school district means Lower Twp. residents would have to pick up the difference in tax savings to the city of Cape May for approximately $3 million dollars. Even if the Lower Twp. became a pre-k through 12 school district they could not save anywhere near the cost shift of $3million from Cape May taxpayers to Lower Township taxpayers. Middle township's school budget is irrelevant with different salary scales and numbers of students.

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Bob Norton
- Greensboro, North Carolina

The pay scales are not significantly different and student population numbers are not significantly different. What is different is Middle runs one comprehensive district, whereas Lower residents support two. Once the regional district is disolved and falls inline with the existing district, it will run like Middle's comprehensive K-12 district. There will certainly be some issues to work out and yes, perhaps some money spent. However, do the math: Middle's K-12 budget versus the combined LTES and LCMR. Remove CM and WCM and the budget difference still exceeds what CM and WCM pay. The number do not lie Janet, but maybe you information source does.

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wonder woman

Wrong Bob. Middle Township has 25% less students than Lower Township schools. Numbers don't lie Bob, check your source.

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Bob Norton
- Greensboro, North Carolina

Janet, if you or mike decide to actually do some research you will see that the number of students Lower would be responsible to educate is not significantly different than Middle. The savings each budget year will be enough to justify the disolution of the district in favor of one comprehensive district. Maybe someone could explain this to you in simple terms.