KIRYAS JOEL - Families in Kiryas Joel are looking at a tax increase of more than 12 percent if next year's school budget is approved.

District Superintendent Joel Petlin says the increase is because more money is needed to bus around 800 students to the private yeshiva Sheri Torah in Monroe. Families could end up paying an additional $220 a year.

Petlin says private busing was initially included in tuition for Sheri Torah, but families were asked to apply for public transportation to keep costs down.

No one at Sheri Tevah was available for comment. The Kiryas Joel school budget comes to a vote on May 20.