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Most school referendum votes pass, but Dover, Little Falls, Saddle Brook reject spending plans

By David Wildstein, December 13 2022 9:20 pm

New Jersey has four separate election days each year set aside for local school boards to seek voter approval of school construction proposals.  The state will fund at least 40% of eligible costs through annual debt service aid under the Educational Facilities and Construction Financing Act of 2000.

In Wall, two referendums for a total of $66,599 in improvements to public schools in Wall were approved by voters on Tuesday.   One initiative for $55,911,196 passed with 65% of the vote, and one for $13,520,475 passed with 58%.

A referendum in Berlin to spend $19,699,285 on school repairs passed with 54% of the vote.

Voters in Folsom passed a ballot initiative to spend $3,892,819 on school improvements and upgrades by what appears to be 78% of the vote.

In Stanhope, a referendum for improvements to the Valley Road School passed with 72% of the vote, authorizing the Board of Education to spend $5,985,000.

Little Falls voters rejected a school bond proposal by 221 votes, 58%-42%.  The school board wanted to spend $29,563,225 on renovations and improvements to two elementary schools.

Voters in Dover overwhelmingly rejected a $69,263,500 proposal to build a new middle school on the Dover High School campus by 648 votes, with 72.5% of the electorate voting no.  The state would have paid $8,056,803 of the cost.

In the Hanover Park Regional school district, which includes East Hanover, Florham Park and Hanover, voters approved a $44,349,835 bond referendum for improvements at two high schools by 314 votes, 55.5% to 43.8%.

In Watchung, a plan to spend $12,807,985 referendum to upgrade heating and air conditioning systems at one elementary school and middle school leads by a narrow 19-vote margin, 382 to 363, with an undetermined number of provisional ballots and late-arriving vote-by-mail ballots still to be counted.  A second initiative to spend $2,926,503 is losing by 9 votes, 366 to 375.

Saddle Brook voters said no to borrowing $58,659,287 to make repairs and improvements of school facilities and athletic fields.  All three public questions were defeated by margins of close to 2-1.

This story was updated multiple times this evening.


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