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Tax Estimate Calculator

 

Tax Calculator Adjusted – Revised Version Helps to Better Predict Impact
The Port Jefferson School District, like many school districts throughout Long Island, contracts with Munistat Services Inc. for advisement and estimates on school district borrowing and debt management. Munistat provides services to several hundred school districts, nonprofit organizations and local governments as a financial advisor specializing in debt management and securities offerings. 

At our request, Munistat provided an estimate of state aid for our proposed capital bond project in September, and the district used this figure in bond presentations and the development of the estimated tax calculator for residents. However, late last week, Munistat advised the district that current bond sales have come in at a lower interest rate than initially estimated and that they had overestimated the district’s state aid by $400,000 per year. 

Given this update, the district’s estimated tax calculator has been redeveloped to reflect these new projections. The original tax estimates, which ranged from $198 to $997 per year, have changed to $239 to $1,185 per year. Information on Munistat's revised schedule indicating more accurate estimated amounts for interest rates, state aid and the tax rate has also been posted to the district’s website.

Needless to say, the district is disappointed that this inaccuracy occurred but is thankful that this information became available to share with residents before our scheduled bond vote. The district believes that the updated tax calculator will provide residents with a more accurate estimate of what the proposed bond will cost their households. 

Throughout our correspondence, Munistat has apologized for this inaccuracy, which is captured in their letter to the district:

"Unfortunately, the last estimated debt service schedule that I provided to you contained an inadvertent inaccuracy pertaining to the state aid amount. The inaccuracy caused the estimated average tax rate to be understated. We apologize for the oversight in the estimated schedule."

 

 

 

 

Bond Video 2017

 

 


Building Tour Dates

A number of building tours and informational meetings will be held in the Port Jefferson School District for residents to gain insight into the Dec. 5 bond proposal.

A visit to Sayville High School will be held on Wed., Nov. 1 at 6:15 p.m. to view the athletic field lights. The focus of the visit is to experience field lighting similar to the proposed lighting of the Scraggy Road fields and its impact on the surrounding community.

Additional tours of all facilities in the project are slated for:

* Saturday, Oct. 28, at 10 a.m.
Walk-through of all facilities in the project, starts at
Earl L. Vandermeulen High School

* Wednesday, Nov. 8, at 6:30 p.m.
Edna Louise Elementary School and District Office

* Monday, Nov. 20, at 6:30 p.m.
Middle and High School Campus/Tech Center

* Monday, Nov. 27, at 7 p.m.

Informational Meeting
Edna Louise Elementary School

Each of these meetings will include question and answer periods with members of the district’s administration.

 


Community Input Needed – Capital Projects

The Board of Education and district leadership team are seeking community input regarding the future of our school district and its ongoing discussion about a possible capital project bond referendum in the near future.

Please click the link below to take our community survey on this topic. Responses will be accepted until October 9, 2017.
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PJBond

For more information about the committee’s findings, scope of work, costs and other pertinent information, please visit the bond information Quick Links tab on district’s website, http://portjeffschools.org/our_district/bond_information

 

 

Thursday, December 14, 2017