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Toms River School Board Special Meeting Thursday to Decide November Election

Toms River Regional School Board will meet 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9 at High School South

Toms River Regional will meet 6:30 p.m. Thursday at to discuss possibly moving the April school board election to November.

The special meeting is outside of the regularly monthly public meeting of the school board, and was called for the specific purpose of deciding whether to hold elections on the same day as the general election each November.

According to legislation signed by Gov. Chris Christie in January, school board elections normally  could be moved to coincide with the general elections . Either a school board or municipality can vote to make the switch, or voters can petition the municipality for a referendum on the prospect.

School districts near Toms River Regional to make the switch to November: Central Regional, Brick and Manchester already have voted to change from April. Toms River Regional serves Toms River but also Pine Beach, South Toms River and Beachwood.

The legislation not only allows to move the elections to November, it also says that if a school budget is under the state-mandated 2 percent hard cap it would not have to put it up for a vote by the public.

The public would lose the opportunity to vote to approve or vote down a school budget, leaving the budget in the hands of elected school board members. Public hearings on the budget would be held still, but the new system would be similar to how township budgets are approved. Only budgets outside the cap would be part of a referendum vote for residents to decide.

Moving the school election, which is a non-partisan election, to November would also pair it during the partisan contests, but proponents say this would also increase voter participation.

Previously Toms River Regional Business Administrator Bill Doering said the move to November would save the school district about $100,000 in election administration costs. It would also allow for longer-term budget planning, he said.

The meeting is earlier than the regularly scheduled school board meetings, and will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Under the new format for school board meetings, public comment will be held at the beginning as well as the end of the meeting.

 

Mr. ? February 08, 2012 at 09:33 PM
Sorry, "added revenue sources which exceeded the cap" I did mean to say: exceeded 2%.
HR February 08, 2012 at 10:06 PM
Let's put the 2% issue aside for a second. Do you trust the TR Board, after years of turning a blind eye, to do what's in the best interest of the Toms River? Until they earn our trust back they should be given no freedoms.
Mr. ? February 08, 2012 at 10:17 PM
Thanks, Transparent, for your research and math on the 7.6% increase on the municipal side. if you add the 3.6% of the school purpose side, and assuming school taxes are 50% ( maybe more ) of the levy then you come up with a 5.6% overall, AND OVER THE 2% CAP!, increase in taxes. Why don't the taxpayers and voters understand this? Do they ever compare tax bills one year to the next? What a shame!
Mike L February 10, 2012 at 01:29 AM
Ladies ang gentlemen, bend over the Old Board of Education members voted for the new budget requirements and the People lost. With more than 300 people at the meeting and more than 90 percent of the people speaking against voting for this and some wanting to table it for another year, they stucket it to us and went against our wishes. Just think, that the 2 percent per year increase, that we can see, will increase our Taxes, minimum $300 each house each year from now on and on and on".............. I wish to thank all those at the meeting, excluding the Old BOEmembers for going to the meeting, but as you see they close there ears to us.......The Tax Payers of Toms River.
Mike L February 10, 2012 at 01:32 AM
Next they will be giving Rickey R all the monies he wants"..............

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