In addition, districts were given the option that if their budget was less than 2% higher than the previous year's budget (with some allocations), the budget would not necessarily have to be put on the ballot. For instance, taxpayers in Hoboken, New Jersey have not had a vote on the budget for almost 4 years and have seen the total budget go from $64,300,000 for 2013-14 to $69,758,824 for 2016-17 or an 8.56% increase. During the same period of time the district K-12 enrollment (line 39 on yearly ASSA reports) has gone from 2321 students (2013-14) to 1940 students (2016-17) or a 16.41% decrease*.
"Under the new state law, a city council, school board, or public referendum can decide to move elections....the measure can be debated again in four years." -nj.com 2/28/12Municipal taxpayers and concerned citizens may or may not have an issue with this type of situation but, as in Hoboken, their concern will likely not be realized via the ballot box. Although the issue can now again be debated since more than 4 years have passed since the original motion was passed. -Dr. Petrosino
Essex County – Irvington (Approved); Newark (a state-operated district with no budget election)
Hudson County – North Bergen (Rejected); Weehawken (Approved)Middlesex County – New Brunswick (Approved)Monmouth County – Asbury Park (Approved); Neptune Township (Approved)Morris County – Riverdale (Approved)Passaic County – Passaic (Approved); Totowa (Approved)Union County – Plainfield (Approved)
*The All Residents (including charter school) number (line 51 ASSA report) has gone from 2363 students (2013-14) to 2546 students (2016-17) or an increase of 7.74%. Currently charter schools spend about $13,000 per student while the traditional Hoboken public schools spend around $26,000 per student.