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Eight of nine school districts approved bond issues in a series of special school referendum elections held today in fifteen New Jersey municipalities.
The Rancocas Valley School District approved a $21.7 million bond issue by a vote of 1,936 to 667, 74%-26%. The numbers do not include at least 976 vote-by-mail ballots. That means about 27% of all ballots cast in today’s special referendum election were with vote-by-mail ballots.
The Rancocas school district includes Eastampton, Hainesport, Lumberton, Mount Holly and Westampton.
Voters in Colts Neck tonight rejected a school bond referendum that would result in a property tax increase of about $250 for a home assessed at $850,000 as part of a debt restricting.
The proposal was defeated 827 to 604, a 54%–46% margin. So far, about 14% of the total votes cast were by mail.
Fair Haven passed a referendum that required a voter approval of a $15.6 million capital improvement bond, of which 20% would be funded by the state.
It passed 781 to 501, 61%-39%, with about 10% of the total vote cast with mail-in ballots.
The Watching Hills Regional School District passed a $4 million tax-neutral school referendum by a margin of about 64%-36%. The district includes Watchung and Warren in Somerset County and Long Hill in Morris County.
Hawthorne approved a $24.4 million bond referendum by a margin of about 69%-31%.
Rockaway Borough passed a $12.5 million school bond issue by a 60%-40% margin.
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Oaklyn passed a $4 million special school referendum by a massive 81%-19% margin.
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Voters in Rutherford passed a $45.3 million bond referendum by a vote of 1,536 to 899, 63%-37%.
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Carteret passed a $37 million school referendum by a 74%-26% margin, 1,223 to 432.