BOE approves budget, maintains county’s lowest school tax rate

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LAVALLETTE — The Lavallette Board of Education passed its district’s 2021-2022 budget on Tuesday night, before teachers discussed a summer catch-up program for students affected by the novel coronavirus pandemic.

The approved budget totals just over $5 million and includes a 2 percent tax levy increase, which means the average Lavallette home, valued at $879,971, will pay $1,489 in school taxes, or $38 more than last year. The modest tax hike maintains Lavallette’s status as the school district with the lowest tax rate in Ocean County, according to Business Administrator Patricia Christopher.

“We have one of the lowest tax rates in the state, and it is the lowest school tax rate in the county, for an operating district,” Ms. Christopher said. “We should be proud of that.”

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