Governor Signs Law To Change School Budget Vote


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Governor Chris Christie has signed a measure that could move Verona school board elections to November from April and eliminate a public vote on the school budget.

As we noted earlier this month, Senate bill 3148 establishes a way for school districts, their towns and even voters themselves to move the annual school election to November and to do away with a public vote on their school budgets unless that budget needs to go above the state-mandated 2% cap on expenditures.  The Board of Education now must determine what to do next, which is something of a challenge since no one in Trenton has seen fit to publish the law into the legislative record online. The BOE’s choices appear to be that it can pass a resolution, put it to vote, or let the Verona Town Council implement the change. However, school boards in affected towns have been advised that 15% of the voters in a town could sign a petition to have a public vote. That’s about 1,350 people for Verona, or slightly more than voted on the budget last April.


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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano grew up in Verona. She moved away to write and edit for The Wall Street Journal’s European edition, Institutional Investor, Crain’s New York Business and Since returning to Verona, she has volunteered for school, civic and religious groups, served nine years on the Verona Environmental Commission and is now part of Sustainable Verona. She co-founded MyVeronaNJ in 2009. You can reach Virginia at [email protected]


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