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Middletown Voters Approve $32.2M Referendum

Unofficial election results show the school district bond question passing with 72 percent of the vote.

Middletown voters approved a $32.2 million referendum in Tuesday's special schools election.

According to unofficial results from the Monmouth County Clerk's Office, 2,951 voters, or 72 percent, supported the bond question and 1,158, or 28 percent, voted against it. Mail-in and provisional ballots are pending.

The $32.2 million in school improvements includes $12.9 million in expected state funds that would not have been available to the district if voters had shot down the referendum. The remaining $19.3 million of the project will be funded by a local bond.

The project includes upgrades to the heating systems at the high schools and middle schools and roof replacement at the high schools and middle schools, as well as Bayview, Fairview, Leonardo, Lincroft, Middletown Village, Navesink, New Monmouth, Nut Swamp, Ocean Avenue and River Plaza elementary schools.
commonman March 12, 2014 at 03:23 PM
this town is too big to manage should be split in 2 get we get a vote on that?
MaverickMom March 12, 2014 at 06:01 PM
well sat Pat The 'people' have spoken, time to move forward.
BAZINGA March 13, 2014 at 09:57 AM
Cranky, wouldn't that then make public schools private??? If you didn't agree with the referendum you should have voted against it. I totally agree with Pat...proves how poorly money has been mismanaged.
Johnny Local March 13, 2014 at 11:08 AM
I did read what you said Cranky: "A sliding scale could be used per parent based on income and number of children-no exclusions." You are suggesting that people without children in our schools should not contribute as much towards the school system as parents with kids in school even though they will benefit from living in a town with a good school system equally. We do have a sliding scale for taxes based on income. People who can afford to live in more expensive homes pay more in taxes. People with one bedroom homes pay less than people with five bedroom homes. "people who use the system who do NOT pay property taxes to directly contribute as we do." If you live in a home in Middletown, the owner of that home pays property taxes. If it's your grandmother's house, she pays the taxes. If you rent, your landlord pays the taxes out of the rent you pay. Who are you talking about that is living here without paying taxes?
JasperRam March 13, 2014 at 11:58 AM
Johnny thanks for making sense.

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