All Three Pinelands Regional Referendum Questions Pass Easily
What a difference a couple of months make! All three of the Pinelands Regional School District referendum questions easily passed on Tuesday night. All three of the exact same questions had gone down to defeat, if closely, on Nov. 8.
The largest of the trio, Question 1, asked voters to approve spending $46,826,329, of which the state would contribute 40 percent, to repair the high school’s crumbling brick exterior and damaged frame (which had resulted in the gutting of a stair tower and the closing of nine classrooms) as well as paying for new roofs and HVAC construction for both the high school and junior high buildings. Voters in the district’s three constituent Ocean County municipalities – Eagleswood and Little Egg Harbor townships and Tuckerton borough – approved the measure by a 2,022 to 1,506 count, a 57.31 percent to 42.69 percent margin. Meanwhile it passed by a 57-33 vote margin in Burlington County’s Bass River Township.
Question 2 was for $4,875,448. Once again, New Jersey would be responsible for 40 percent. The monies would be used for interior renovations and electrical construction in both buildings as well as site work, including a reconfiguration of the bus pickup/drop-off area at the junior high, needed for safety reasons. The district’s Ocean County voters approved it, 1,914 or 54.70 percent to 1,585 or 45.30 percent, on Tuesday. Bass River voters also gave it the thumbs up, 52-36.
Question 3, for $1,943,750 of which Trenton would pay only approximately 19 percent, was dedicated to athletic facilities. Its money would be used for a new grass football field, the resurfacing of track and tennis courts and other smaller projects. Ocean County voters gave it the thumbs-up by a 1,857 to 1,644 tally on Tuesday, a 53.04 to 46.96 percent spread. Bass River’s results were 52 yes to 36 no once again.
Absentee ballots were included in the figures released by the Ocean County Clerk’s Office. It was unknown at The SandPaper’s press time if that was the case with Burlington County. —R.M.