Upper Township voters defeat referendum on school repairs

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Voters in Upper Township Tuesday defeated a $15.9 million referendum for repairs to the primary and middle schools.


The referendum was broken up into two questions. The first sought $7.5 million from taxpayers, which would be supplemented by $5 million in state aid, that school officials said would go toward repairs in the primary and middle schools deemed necessary for the health and safety of students. The second question asked for $2 million from taxpayers, with $1.3 million in state aid, which the school district said it could do without. That money had been cut from the planned repair work but state law required it remain in the referendum.

Voters defeated a similar referendum on school repairs last April. The school board cut the $2 million represented in question two after that vote.

Vote totals from the Cape May County Clerk's office showed question one going down 1,194 to 1,032. Question two was defeated 1,290 to 912. All vote totals are unofficial.

The $6.3 million in state aid available to the Upper Township school district is set to expire in February. School officials said this referendum was the last chance to utilize the money before it went back to the state.


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