🍎 Voters in 11 school districts are headed to the polls for a special election Tuesday

🍎 They will decide on more than $520 million in new spending

🍎 The state will cover 40 percent of the projects through debt service aid

Voters in 11 school districts throughout New Jersey headed to the polls are being asked if they want to approve over $520.6 million in new spending for construction projects.

The special election on Tuesday gives each district control over its own proposed spending. Most of the proposals mention renovations, additions, and various upgrades.

More expensive projects include Hillsdale ($82M) which is looking to build a new middle school, Monroe in Middlesex County ($103M) which is planning additions to its high school, middle school, and Applegarth Elementary, and Bridgewater-Raritan ($155M) which would use its funds for sweeping infrastructure improvements and facilities for a full-day kindergarten program.

Applegarth Elementary School in Monroe. (Google Maps)
Applegarth Elementary School in Monroe. (Google Maps)

The school districts of Bogota, Birdgewater-Raritan, and Springfield in Union County have two ballot questions. The second questions are conditional on the approval of their first questions; in a situation where a second ballot question is approved but not the first, neither would be approved.

The spending proposals for each district are listed below:

🍎 Bogota: Question 1 — $12,720,621, Question 2 — $7,233,406

🍎 Hillsdale: $82,724,265

🍎 Maywood: $22,060,140

🍎 Saddle Brook: $14,441,787

🍎 Monroe (Middlesex): $103,627,203

🍎 Woodbridge: $32,348,471

🍎 Morris Plains: $9,498,051

🍎 Riverdale: $18,921,796

🍎 Washington Township (Morris): $28,809,494

🍎 Bridgewater-Raritan: Question 1 — $120,580,869, Question 2 — $34,783,460

🍎 Springfield (Union): Question 1 — $18,878,356, Question 2 — $13,994,508

The state will fund at least 40% of construction costs through annual debt service aid, according to the New Jersey School Boards Association. Other costs will be addressed through additional taxes or levies, depending on the district.

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The towns are listed from the biggest cut in the average bill to the highest increase. On the county maps, the deeper red color means a higher increase above 2% whereas the darker green signifies a smaller increase or a reduction.

Each listing also shows how the average tax bill is split among the county, school and municipal governments.

Rick Rickman is a reporter for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at richard.rickman@townsquaremedia.com

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