Voters In South Jersey Approve Majority Of School Budgets

WINSLOW TOWNSHIP, N.J. (CBS) – Voters appear to be over the rebellion they showed in last year’s school district budget elections. Unofficial results show budgets are passing in a majority of South Jersey districts — a two-percent cap on tax increases may be the reason.

Last year, for the first time in at least 35 years, voters rejected a majority of budgets in the annual school board elections, after Governor Chris Christie led the charge against property tax increases.

Christie has since imposed a two percent cap on property tax increases so districts were offering austere budgets, to begin with.

In the Kingsway District of Gloucester County, superintendent Jim Lavendar says the cuts were devastating.

“We’re certainly in dire circumstances, given the growth that we’re dealing with, we can’t keep up, we can’t meet the needs of our students going forward.”

Residents seemed to agree and showed their support at the polls.

“I mean something has to be done to raise the money, we’re not getting the money from the state, and we kind of have to,” one man said. “It’s tight for everybody but we still gotta do what we need to do, for the kids.”

“Our kids are worth every dime. We’ll pay a few dollars extra to make sure our kids have all the amenities.”

Reported by Pat Loeb, KYW Newsradio

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  • Bret Walker

    Pitman, NJ is fairly “affluent,” despite losing Sony and it’s $400,000 property tax contribution. Yet our state aid for the school budget was slashed pretty deeply, almost 50%.

  • Linda D Bryant

    The most affluent communites have nothing to worry about as far as the
    $ allotted to them for education. It’s the poorest communites that Christie
    has slashed funds for.

    Republican’s across this country are cutting $ for education, while increasing
    $ for PRISON’s.

    No wonder this country is far down on the list of having the most well
    educated people!!!!!

    As it leads -the country with the most JAILS!!!!!!

  • Paul Aaron

    Maybe we should spend more money on education then war. We wouldn’t have to worry about the budgets !

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