Cost to promote school budgets not necessary, dropping campaign spending, ELEC says.
For the first time in New Jersey’s history, many municipalities had school board candidates on the General Election ballot this November after Gov. Chris Christie signed legislation in January allowing school boards to move their voting times. The move, it seems, has paid off big time locally, according to an analysis by the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC). ELEC’s analysis shows spending by candidates was down nearly $1 million from 2011 to 2012 in New Jersey, from $1,532,896 to $597,664. The law gave school districts an incentive to move elections by not having to post their budgets for public vote as long as it fell within the 2-percent annual tax cap. More than 86-percent of the state’s districts moved their …
Municipalities could move vote to align with general elections, while budget may be passed without vote.
Thursday, January 12, 2012
The New Jersey Legislature and Gov. Chris Christie passed a bill in January that allows municipalities the option of moving school board elections to November. Currently, those elections and budget votes take place in April. Any one of three groups can make the decision to move the vote: the school board, local voters (through a petition) and municipal government. Moving the vote to November would align it with the general election. If a municipality chooses to move the vote to November, a district's budget would automatically pass if it remained within the 2 percent property tax cap. If it did not, it would still require voter approval, as would second questions. Supporters of the bill, including Gov. Chris Christie, say it will save …