JUST IN: Jackson Board of Education to Request $10 Million Loan from DOE, Will Seek Additional $4 Million in Taxes via Ballot Referendum

The Jackson Board of Education moments ago announced they are requesting a $10.2 million loan from the New Jersey Department of Education to assist balancing the budget for 2023-2024.

Additionally, there will be a special question added to the ballot in November, requesting a raise in taxes for the General Fund for 2023-2024.

The loan from the State will likely mean the installation of a State Monitor.

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  1. I wait to see how the proposed revaluation city-wide will impact our taxes overall. This would be an additional increase on top of the increases in assessments that will likely happen. Although the tax rate will go down in proportion to how much assessments increase as a whole, many will likely still see a significant increase in taxes regardless of this proposed $4,000,000 increase in the budget.

  2. The answer is NO. As a Jackson resident that does not benefit from any of the above, it’s a no from me. If they would include bussing to private schools, I may be inclined to say yes. But otherwise I will ensure I will be campaigning to stop this.

    • Public schools need the money because Murphy cut funding. You can not destroy children’s education out of spite because you don’t benefit. Someone paid taxes so you could be educated.

    • You do realize Non-Jews check out the schools before moving to an area (like we do) so it’s strongly in your best interest to have a good public school that will attract functioning, successful, non-violent, non-criminal neighbors.
      Growing up the kids that attended the public schools near me were non-Frum Jews & surprise, no violence or Antisemitism from the public school kids.

  3. But isn’t the cost going up because of private school busing? I though the reason why the Lakewood public school budget is out of control because so much of the budget goes toward busing Orthodox children. I would like feedback from an Orthodox parent.

    • I am not a Orthodox parent but you are correct. Read board minutes carefully and you will see for yourself.
      Busing is very expensive for the public schools
      You. have to read

      • @HowellNJneighbor This is a funding formula issue. The state only contributes funds for students who are actually enrolled in public schools but requires the schools to provide certain services (bussing and special education) to nonpublic students. If there are only a few nonpublic students, like in most districts, the funding formula is not an issue. Once the nonpublic students reach a certain number, the funding becomes an issue.

  4. My apologies for my ignorance as a non-Orthodox and it would be helpful to hear from a member of your community.

  5. The people that send their kids to private school still PAY TAXES!! They don’t get the free education but at least bussing…

  6. If $1000 covered my bussing that would be wonderful! But alas not even close, extra funds are needed to cover my children’s bussing not cover another persons children’s education.
    Also, I’m not obligated to extend myself so someone else can get educated. If the Jackson BOE would even attempt to communicate regarding this bussing issue in a timely manner, I’d reconsider and work as a team but as of now they are strictly working against the private school parent body.

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