A special school referendum in Rahway on Tuesday to spend about $37.7 million on infrastructure improvements at all six public schools is too close to call, but voters appear to have rejected two other spending plans by narrow margins.
The $37.7 million plan, which includes safety and security upgrades, leads by just 9 votes, 582 to 573, 50.4%-49.6%.
A proposal to spend an additional $39.4 million for capital improvements to the schools is losing by 69 votes, with 609 no votes and 540 yes votes, a 53%-47% margin.
A third public question to spend $6 million on mechanical improvements to elementary schools
Just 5.7% of the city’s 20,236 registered voters have cast ballots in the special school election also looks to have been voted down, 545 to 602 by a margin of about five percentage points.
Neither of the two additional proposals would have passed had the first plan been rejected.
Final tallies won’t be available until any vote-by-mail ballots postmarked by 8 PM this evening are received by election officials.
State law requires voter approval to exceed budget cap amounts.