Pittsgrove school bond referendum is overwhelmingly approved by voters
516 to 236

By Shabria Davis
September 29, 2009, 10:44PM

PITTSGROVE TWP. — Voters here Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a $3.8 million bond referendum put before them by the Pittsgrove Township School District as designed by Garrison Architects of Mt. Laurel.

The vote was 516 in favor to 236 against.

The results, tallied at the Salem County Board of Elections in Salem Tuesday night, are unofficial until certified.

The district had outlined its plan to residents prior to Tuesday’s vote — construction in all three of the district’s schools, with most of the work being done in Olivet Elementary School.

Among the proposed upgrades at the Olivet School outlined included the security system and improvements to the bathrooms and ventilation systems.

According to district officials, Olivet Elementary School is the only school in the district without air conditioning.

Staff photo byShabria Davis
Pittsgrove Township voters Tuesday approved a $3.8 million school bond referendum that will allow construction and renovations at three district schools. Here, Olivet Elementary School Principal Patricia Gaburo showed off needed repairs at the Olivet Elementary School last week.

Prior to Tuesday night’s vote, school officials informed residents that the state would provide $2.1 million for the construction project, leaving taxpayers responsible for the remaining $1.7 million of the proposed $3.8 million project.

While promoting the referendum, school officials said the increase in property taxes would be minimal.

Officials stated that if the referendum was approved, the increase would be approximately $10 a year on property assessed at the township average.


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