Maple Shade voters narrowly approve two school bond questions

Melanie Burney, Cherry Hill Courier-Post Published 5:00 p.m. ET December 14, 2018

Maple Shade voters have narrowly approved two school bond proposals to finance repairs and renovations at all four schools in the Burlington County district, officials announced Friday.

The district had to wait until a final tally was counted by the county Board of Elections of 205 provisional and mail-in ballots from Tuesday’s election.

Maple Shade approves referendum

“It was hard to wait through the three-day process of making sure every vote was counted and the results were tallied, but we’re happy to report that both of Maple Shade’s bond proposal questions passed,” Superintendent Beth Norcia said in a statement.

Thank you, Maple Shade! After all votes were counted and results were made official, we’re happy to say both bond questions passed! Thank you for the continuous support for our schools.

By a 720-657 margin, voters approved Question 1 to spend $43 million for renovations and security upgrades at Yocum Elementary, building a nine-classroom addition at Wilkins Elementary, and adding a new auxiliary gym addition and renovations at Maple Shade High.

Voters also passed Question 2 by a 695-679 margin to spend $6.7 million to replace the HVAC at three elementary schools and install a security vestibule at the main entrance. The second proposal was contingent upon approval of the first question.

Under a 20-year bond, both questions will add $180.06 a year in new property taxes for a home assessed at the township average of $158,914.

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