Cape school districts approve school bond referendums

Atlantic City Press on January 26, 2016
By DIANE D'AMICO, Education Writer

The Voters in the Lower Township and Lower Cape May Regional school districts approved bond referendums Tuesday for construction projects in both school districts. Both were approved by wide margins based on unofficial results posted Tuesday night.

In Lower Township, 67 percent of voters approved the proposal by a vote of 1,283 to 641.

In the Lower Cape May Regional School District, 60 percent of voters approved the proposal by a vote of 1,356 to 911.

In Lower Township, the project cost is almost $5.1 million, with taxpayers funding just over $3 million and the state funding just over $2 million. Work includes some roof work plus mechanical systems and paving at the Cart T. Mitnick, Maud Abrams and Sandman Consolidated schools.

The project would add $13.15 per year for 20 years to school taxes, based on the average residential assessment of $228,751.

Lower Township school superintendent Jeff Samaniego thanked residents for supporting the projects. He said in an email that as superintendent and a longtime resident of the township he feels the community expressed the importance of maintaining a safe learning environment for students, parents, teachers and staff.

In Lower Cape May Regional, the project cost is almost $6.3 million, with taxpayers funding just under $5 million and the state funding $1.4 million. Work includes roofing, windows, security, electrical upgrades, locker renovations and a new high school field house.

The new 11,322-square-foot field house would go where the tennis courts are now. The school would use the township's tennis courts nearby at the Freeman Douglas Memorial Park rather than spend the more than $400,000 needed for repairs.

The tax impact varies among the three participating towns. Based on average residential assessments, the new debt will cost $13.63 per year in Lower Township, $22.91 in Cape May and $26.25 in West Cape May. However, the new debt is replacing debt that was paid off over the last two years, so the overall impact is reduced. counted.

 

 

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