'Say Yes to Pay Less'
Friday, October 18, 2013 • 11:55am
This year Westfield voters find themselves with an unusual decision. They have to vote to save money, in other words they need to say yes to pay less.
Last December, Westfield voters approved a $13.6 million bond referendum to replace and repair the roofs of Westfield public schools. In May, The State of New Jersey made grant monies available to reduce the cost of this project. Receipt of the monies, however, requires a new bond vote. The school district will not be able to redirect the money. The $2.7 million simply won’t be collected from taxpayers. If the voters disapprove the bond, then the roofs will be completed as planned at the original cost.
The vote this November is not whether the roofs should be completed. They will be completed either way. The vote is to determine the amount taxpayers will contribute towards completion. A “yes” vote means the project will cost taxpayers $2.7 million less and a “no” vote means the project will cost taxpayers the original $13.6 million. It is quite an unusual situation.
Voting will take place at the usual polling locations on Tuesday, November 5, 2013. Voter registration information can be found at http://ucnj.org/government/county-clerk/county-clerk-services/voter-registration. Absentee ballot information can be obtained at http://ucnj.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/vote-mail-ballot-012712-uni.pdf.
The Westfield Parent Teacher Council Board
Amisha Mody Mehta