Video: Lakewood Township Committee Assures Board Members it Will Approve School Budget Cuts


school-board-lakewood[Video below.] The team of three fiscally conservative newcomers who won the Lakewood, NJ, Board of Education elections on Tuesday was in attendance last night at the Township Committee meeting ready to reexamine the budget for the 2010-2011 year.

 Carl Fink, Chezky Seitler and Yitzchok Zlatkin, who took 75 percent of the votes on Tuesday, were handed a loose-leaf with the proposed school budget which was rejected by voters on Tuesday. They were asked to review it, come up with recommended cuts, and then submit their revised budget to the Committee for approval.

Seitler accepted the loose-leaf from the Committee on behalf of the other new school board members.

Mr. Fink, who made an effort to attend despite having broken his leg and being forced to use crutches, addressed the Committee for several minutes, asking whether the Committee will accept the proposals put forth by the board members, wondering if a subsequent back-and-forth over proposed budget changes would result. Fink shared that he and the other board members absolutely intend to cut the budget.

Mayor Steven Langert assured Mr. Fink that whatever changes the board members recommend will be accepted and approved by the Township Committee.

These three members throughout the campaigning held fast to a platform of a zero-percent tax increase for a budget that proposed an almost 11 percent tax rate hike.

Click below to view a video of Fink’s remarks:

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 {Dovid Newscenter}