Hi Edison NJ residents, we want to tax you more…

Yesterday a special election was held in Edison NJ that cost the school board $50,000 to arrange.   Edison voters were asked to fund a  referendum to add space to the town’s cramped school district. The price tag for this was $166.8 million.  This would raise the average tax payers payments $120 per year.   Now correct me if I wrong, but aren’t we are trying to get through on of the most difficult economic times our country has seen in many years and yet he school board somehow thought that the voters would say no problem take more of our money. I find that irresponsible.

I understand that schools are important and improvements are needed but I also know that timing is everything. Why would anybody with a sane mind, arrange to have a special election that would in the short term raise taxes.  The odds of this passing had to be astronolmical.

I don’t have to tell you the referendum lost by an overwhelming number.   What a waste of $50,000 and the  tax payers and  school boards time.   Rather than spending time trying to figure out how to cut cost and become more efficient like those of us in the business world, the school board decided to gamble and they lost.

The people have spoken once again.   Much like the voters did in Massachussets last week when a Republican candidate for the Senate was elected in that state.   Maybe the government will finally stop trying to be to big or to small and focus on being more efficient.  Isn’t that what it’s all about.

I’m sure someday Edison will get the money it needs for school improvements but now was not the time.

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  1. It is time that we get School elections on the same schedule as regular elections. multiply out the cost of over 500 municipal elections annually, and reduce just one by combining dates, and you have a massive saving. Not there are those that say that a school budget cycle differs from std. gov. etc. For the cost of one election, we can figure that one out.

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