Tax rate to rise $2.3 cents.
Scharfenberger: "There are going to be a lot of people complaining that we did not cut enough."
The Middletown Township Committee cut $2.1 million from the Board of Education budget last night, according to a report in the Asbury Park Press.
These cuts were accomplished through a $800K savings in the health insurance appropriation that was recommended by the BoE and other administrative cuts. "...not one teacher...not one program" was cut, according to Deputy Mayor Tony Fiore.
Notably, there was also not one concession from the teachers union.
On April 23, Mayor Gerry Scharfenberger said a wage freeze by the teacher would save the taxpayers $3 million.
A $5.1 million budget cut, with not one teacher laid off or program cut, was possible and would have been appropriate.