As you may or may not be aware, on Monday, January 23, 2012 the Galloway Township Board of Education passed a Resolution moving the Annual School Election from April to the November General Election to elect Board of Education Members and for other lawful purposes. This Resolution also eliminated the vote on the School District Budget if it is at or below the State Mandated Cap of 2%. Please note that the 2% cap is on the tax levy not the total budget. The adoption of this change in the election date and budget vote will remain in effect for four years. Although there will not be a public vote on the budget, the administration will still be making public presentations about the budget at Board of Education meetings. As in the past, the Board will be providing input regarding the budget and the public will still have the opportunity to comment.
The adoption of this Resolution was made possible by both bodies of the New Jersey State Legislature (Assembly and Senate) over whelming passing Bills S-3148 and A-4394 (identical Bills). Please refer to Senate Bill 3148 and Assembly Bill 4394 for details of the legislation. Please access these links for the Board Resolution and a Synopsis of the Budget Election Law.
Why did we choose to move?
The district saves money by combining school board elections with general November elections
We anticipate greater public participation
No vote (April or November) on any school board budgets that are below CAP (i.e. spending responsibly according to the state department of education rules).