By Mike DeNardo

HADDONFIELD, NJ (CBS) – A special election today in Haddonfield will decide the controversial question of whether the borough should spend millions to buy land next to the high school.

Voters are deciding whether the Haddonfield School District should borrow $12 million to buy the Bancroft property next to Haddonfield High. If the bond issue is approved, the average property tax bill would go up $189 a year.

That’s too much for this voter: “I don’t think they should purchase the property. I think the property taxes here are obscene as it is.”

But, proponents say this is a chance for the borough to determine what happens with that 19-acre property.

“I’m worried that if we don’t buy the land that some other development may go in in the future that we won’t have control over. And I think it’s like a once in a lifetime opportunity for Haddonfield to acquire this property.”

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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