April 8, 2009 THE VILLADOM TIMES IV • Page 5 Ramsey Proposed school budget includes $233 increase on average home On April 21, Ramsey’s registered voters will have the opportunity to decide on the $2,556,156 tax levy associated with the district’s proposed $51,779,855 budget for 2009-10. If approved at the polls, this tax levy would result in a tax increase of $233 for a homeowner with a house assessed at the borough’s average of $427,200. The tax increase is 5.4 cents per $100 of assessed value. The district’s total revenues from state sources will be $377,030, the same amount received during the 2008-09 school year. The district anticipates total grants and entitlements of $1,162,371, which includes IDEA Part B funds of $703,490, and $81,851 in other special projects that fall under the fed- eral heading. Of the total budget amount, $15,763,015 will be devoted to regular programs and $4,373,114 will be spent on special education programs. Student transportation costs are $1,894,867, tuition costs are $2,939,216, operational and maintenance costs are $4,158,870, and employee benefit costs are $7,503,701. The budget includes a per pupil cost of $13,841. District officials worked to keep the proposed budget within the four percent cap required by the state. The school anticipates savings from the reduction in the number of teaching positions and in the number of classroom aides. Last year’s school budget totaled $51,600,702. ��� ��������������� �������������������������������������������������� �������������������������������������������������������������� ���������������� ���������������������������� ��������������� ������������ The Greater Ramsey Chapter of UNICO National, an Italian-American community service organization, is hosting its Third No Limit Texas Hold ‘em Charity Poker Tournament, featuring great food, an open wine bar, and fantastic prizes on Friday, May 1. The event will be held at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 48 Mechanic Street in Ramsey. The buffet dinner starts at 7 p.m., the tournament at 8 p.m. First prize in the tournament is a tour package to the Naples region of Italy for two. It includes round-trip airfare and airport/hotel transfers, first class accommodations in one of Italy’s top hotels for seven nights, breakfast every morning, dinner every night, and escorted tours of all the major cultural attractions. There are more great prizes for every player making the Tournament to benefit local charities �������������������������������������������������� ����������������� ������ ���� final two tables, including a HiDef Plasma TV, trips to Las Vegas, gift cards, restaurant gift certifications and more. Tournament seats are limited. There is a $175 buy-in, with one optional re-buy for $125 during first hour of play, and an optional $125 add-on at the end of the first hour. Players start with $2,000 in chips. Proceeds from this event will benefit local and national charitable organizations, like the Jimmy V. Foundation for cancer research, Saint Jude’s Hospital, mental health, scholarships to graduating seniors at nearby high schools, the Center for Food Action of Northern New Jersey, and many others. To register, contac Richard Muti at richardmuti@aol. com or (201) 236-9263. ������������������������ Welcomes ��������������������� your press releases photographs ��������������������� ��������������������������������������� ����������������������������� �������������������������������������