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Westfield Residents Invited to Learn About School Bond Referendum at Oct. 30 Meeting

By LORRE KORECKY

October 9, 2013 at 11:56 AM

WESTFIELD, NJ — The public is invited to attend an informational session on Wednesday, Oct. 30, to learn details and get answers to questions about the district’s bond referendum, which will be on the Nov. 5 ballot. The event will take place from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Roosevelt Intermediate School cafeteria meeting room, 301 Clark St. 

The referendum is required by the state to give Westfield voters the opportunity to accept new state aid for the Westfield roof projects scheduled for the summer of 2014. If approved, this referendum will supersede the one passed in Dec. 2012, resulting in a $2.7 million reduction in Westfield taxes over the life of the bond, according to Business Administrator Dana Sullivan, who will speak along with Superintendent Dr. Margaret Dolan at the meeting.  

“The roof project already had been approved by voters in a December 2012 bond referendum, but without state aid,” said Dolan. “Aid had not been available for years. When state grant applications became available this May, Westfield successfully applied for the state aid on the roofs scheduled for repair next summer.”

Dolan explained the aid is not automatic and requires the approval of voters. 

“If the replacement bond is not approved by Westfield voters, Westfield will lose the $2.7 million grant opportunity for the roofing work, and the previously passed referendum will remain in effect. The roofs will still be repaired—but without state aid and at no reduction in taxes,” she said. 

More information on the replacement bond is available from the school district at www.westfieldnjk12.org/novbond.