Wednesday, May 29, 2013

2013 Edison Property Tax Bills!

Well, it's almost time for the 2013 Calendar Year Property Tax Bills to be showing up in a neighborhood near you here in Downtown Edison. Just a reminder of Your 2012 Calendar Year Tax Bill. This was what was on the 2012 Final/2013 Preliminary Tax Bill:

Just enter your Assessed Value and any Deductions above, if applicable, and you'll see what your tax bill looked like for the Calendar Year 2012. Remember this is what was billed so it shows the 3rd & 4th Qtr. for 2012 (with the tax increase) and the 1st & 2nd Qtr. for 2013, which is just one-half of Your 2012 Total Net Tax.

If you want to know what Your property tax increase was in 2012 - just subtract the 'Balance of the 2012 Tax' from the line that reads 'Less: 2012 Prev. Billed' since all changes in tax rate are reflected in the 3rd & 4th Qtr's. of the Calendar Year. This is because the 'Less: Prev. Billed' is just one-half of Your Last Year's Total Net Tax.

Anyhoo, that's how it works. If you want to see a video on how Your Tax Bill works, go here.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Your 2013 Edison School Taxes!

Well, no matter how hard I tried, just couldn't get that humongous Edison Township Council Cut to the School District's $213.9 million 'Bloated Pot of Money' called a school budget - to show up on the chart! Enter Yours and see if you have better luck seeing the chicken pop-up!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Edison Council cuts $900k off of $189,518,861 School Tax Levy!?!

Oh my, how's the Edison Board of Mythomania ever going to survive now?? So, let's see..with Out-of-Control Spending increases over the last 3 years of some $15.2 million, with a 22-Cent increase in the School Tax Rate or some 8.8% even after 'Repurposing' millions of taxpayer relief money - all they could find to cut was $900,000. That's not even 1/2 of 1% of the School Tax Levy. That minuscule amount gets lost in the rounding.

So, let's see some more..the Voter Rejected School Budget had a School Tax Rate of $2.710 and this Council Cut brought it down to $2.704 for a whopping reduction of .006. If you live in that imaginary home assessed at $176,700, then the Voter Rejected tax increase of $75 is now $64 - for a humongous reduction in the School Tax increase of $11. Where will you spend it all?

And you thought when you rejected this $213.9 million 'Bloated Pot of Money' they call a School Budget that your school tax bill would go down and not just get some insignificant reduction in the school tax increase. Unlucky for us!!

If you're a resident or taxpayer in Downtown Edison, recognize that you've been taken to the cleaners by the Board of Mythomania and the Edison Council did nothing to stop it. If fact, they turned this whole school budget process, including the ridiculous school budget meeting tonight, into a joke. Unfortunately, the joke's on us.

Shame on all of them for putting the interests of a few over the needs on the many here in Downtown Edison.

Guess it's true - we get the kind of government we deserve!

Here's the Big Council Cut:
But hey, at least we're comforted in the knowledge that the Edison Township Council looks at things with eyes wide shut! Convenient, isn't it?

Monday, May 13, 2013

Edison Voter Rejected School Budget - 'Repurpose' $9.5m back to taxpayers

It's all about Out-of-Control $pending funded mainly with hoarded taxpayer relief money. Any Edison Council Cut less than $5.9 million will be treating the residents/taxpayers here in Downtown Edison with the same disrespect that the Board of Mythomania does with these 'Bloated Pots of Money' they call school budgets.
What Repurposing $5.9 million back to the taxpayers does:
What Repurposing $9.5 million back to the taxpayers does:
Anyhoo, this is being kind to my friends over there on Mythomania Lane.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Calculator - Edison $213.9m Defeated School Budget

As I understand it, the Edison Council is still scheduled to hold a public meeting on the $213.9 million Voted Rejected School Budget for 2013-14 on Wednesday, May 15th.

Here's a Quick Way to see what Cuts, if any, they make mean to You! 
Just enter the amount of the Cut and Your home's assessed value.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Defeated Edison School Budget and the Edison Council

Well, as you can see from the April 23 & 24 posts, you can color me skeptical (probably more realistically - downright cynical) that the Edison Council will do what the residents wanted when they voted down this $213.9 million Out-of-Control School Budget for 2013-14, which was to rein in $pending and actually reduce school tax bills - not come back with a nominal reduction in the proposed school tax increase.

Now, I don't come to this conclusion lightly in this election year. The Edison Council has sent a clear message by appointing Rob 'March on Trenton' Karabinchak to the sub-committee reviewing the school budget with a proposed and resident rejected School tax levy of $189.5 million. Not for nothing but he's the only one of the three members on the Edison Council's Finance Committee who doesn't have a financial background. Guess the other two are too busy chasing down that No tax increase Municipal Budget for 2013 with a proposed Municipal tax levy of $78.2 million.

Be that as it may, it might be helpful to know what was sent over to the Edison Council for their review of the 2013-14 School Budget. I referred to it in a previous post and it's affectionately known as the 'Defeated Budget Book.' It comes in a big binder that, I'm guessing, is about 3 inches thick. 

You can see the Table of Contents below and it has 15 sections.

Just some things of interest:

  • Election Results - The official election results had the final budget vote as 2,877 Yes (48.7%) and 3,018 No (51.3%). Of the 55,041 registered voters, 6,325 cast votes or some 11.5%. Of those who showed up at the polls in the 33 school districts to vote, the turn-out ranged from 1.8% to 17.7%. Of the 6,325 votes cast - 420 or 6.6% didn't vote on the school budget.
  • Post Election Calendar - this is where all the dates are shown from the April 16 Election Day through the appeal process for any Council Cuts. Most significant are when the Board of Mythomnia must turn over the proposed school budget to the Edison Council - which must be within two days following certification of the election results (I understand that this was turned over to the Edison Council on April 22) and the other is May 20 - last day for the Edison Council to certify the school tax levy, after reviewing the budget with the Board of Mythomania.
  • Staff & Salary Lists - this list shows 1,987 employees with salary of $126,901,287, longevity of $1,695,884, other extra pay of $1,785,450 for total salaries of $130,382,621
  • Negotiated Contracts - this includes the Professional staff (7/1/11-6/30/14), the Non-Professional staff (6/1/11-6/30/14, Principals & Supervisors (7/1/12-6/30/15), Custodians & Maintenance (7/1/09-6/30/12) and the Facilities, Maintenance & Mgt. Assoc. (7/1/09-6/30/12)

Anyhoo, it is what it is here in Downtown Edison and last I heard - the Edison Council has scheduled a public meeting on the School Budget on Wednesday, May 15 at 6:00PM in the Council chambers.

Here's the Table of Contents:

Here's the Official Election Results:

Finally, here's the Summary of the Staff & Salary List: