Bordentown Regional OKs bigger tax hike

Bordentown Regional OKs bigger tax hike

There are 11 comments on the The Times story from Mar 25, 2010, titled Bordentown Regional OKs bigger tax hike. In it, The Times reports that:

Thursday, March 25, 2010 Beth Fand Incollingo BORDENTOWN TOWNSHIP -- Contemplating deep budget cuts due to a $1.69 million reduction in state aid, the Bordentown Regional school board voted Tuesday to raise taxes by 4 percent next year, higher than the 2.5 percent increase they had agreed upon earlier.

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Mark

Voorhees, NJ

#1 Mar 25, 2010
Ok...here we go again.....look at data universe, cut the administrative staff and DONT RAISE OUR TAXES!.
Mark

Voorhees, NJ

#2 Mar 25, 2010
Enough already with 'We can't hurt the children'!
Just listen to NJ101.5 everyday for the truth.
Read all the blogs on NJ.com Politics section.
We are not stupid....Sick days, pensions, please!
On April 20, residents will weigh in on the budget at the polls. If they vote "no," the budget will be reviewed -- and possibly slashed further -- by the governing bodies of Bordentown Township, Bordentown City and Fieldsboro.
jimmy

Riverside, NJ

#3 Mar 26, 2010
Hey Mark. Your from Cherry Hill? Why don't you worry about your own town?
Dominican in Bordentown

Willingboro, NJ

#4 Apr 16, 2010
What are they doing with all that tax money anyways especially property taxes?

I don't see any improvements in Bordentown City and/or its governing body. It seems we "the people" never win... these tax monsters will always have the last word.$1000 application for property reassessment? Bordentown taxes are out of this world!!!
Ed from Bordentown

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#5 Apr 17, 2010
We need to fight the teachers union. These teachers are overpaid and underworked. Dont get me wrong. I like the schools.. Cutting the sports at lower levels and cutting out sports with low turnout is another option.. Getting rid of one of the many properties may work... You build a new high school,,, you get rid of one,NOT spread out. Sell one of the schools and go back to the same number of properties..
btownmom

Trenton, NJ

#6 Apr 20, 2010
Lets be real folks, half of our children participate on school teams (which our taxes pay for)and on recreational teams (which we also pay for). Why do they need to participate in both at the lower grade levels? Playing on a middle school team does not help your kids with their college applications or admission chances. In addition sports do not keep your kids off drugs, off the streets or stop teenage pregnancies good parenting does. Cutting the budget by reducing spending on elementary school basic skills is insane. Cut sports at the middle school level and invest that money in teaching our kids the basic skills they need to succeed. That is the purpose of school not sports. If parents want their kids to participate in sports at the elementary and middle school levels (and I encourage them to do so) they should be willing to pay for it out of their own pocket. According to our State’s Constitution, each child has the right to the best education possible; sports are not a given based on our constitution.

Why do we need 17 Administrators ?
Producer from Hamilton

Trenton, NJ

#7 May 22, 2010
My wife and I are looking into moving to Bordentown City. Everything about moving there seems perfect from my current Hamilton view but the taxes seem very high. And now with this increase coming? Wow. The house we're trying to purchase was accessed for much more than the property is selling for and I plan to apply for a property reassessment if I get the home. Can anyone tell me if they've had any luck in a property reassessment application? I can't believe they charge $1000.00 to apply but if the township is fair after the application then it's worth it. Any advice on this would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks
Producer from Hamilton

Trenton, NJ

#8 May 22, 2010
btownmom wrote:
Lets be real folks, half of our children participate on school teams (which our taxes pay for)and on recreational teams (which we also pay for). Why do they need to participate in both at the lower grade levels? Playing on a middle school team does not help your kids with their college applications or admission chances. In addition sports do not keep your kids off drugs, off the streets or stop teenage pregnancies good parenting does. Cutting the budget by reducing spending on elementary school basic skills is insane. Cut sports at the middle school level and invest that money in teaching our kids the basic skills they need to succeed. That is the purpose of school not sports. If parents want their kids to participate in sports at the elementary and middle school levels (and I encourage them to do so) they should be willing to pay for it out of their own pocket. According to our State’s Constitution, each child has the right to the best education possible; sports are not a given based on our constitution.
Why do we need 17 Administrators ?
I understand your frustration and you make a lot of good points. But don't you feel it would be difficult for your child to excel in a sport that he or she practiced in High School only? Other schools will keep the Middle School sports and then those kids will have a big advantage. Then, what about when it comes time to apply for scholarships? You pointed out that "Sports do not keep your kids of drugs" You're right. But neither does good parenting. Your child is going to make their own decisions, not matter how you good you raise them. Why not keep them in an activity where at least you know at that moment in time they're not doing drugs, but instead they're kicking the winning goal, hitting a the winning run, or catching the winning touchdown, isn't that moment worth all the money in the world?
Tock Tone

New York, NY

#9 May 27, 2010
jimmy wrote:
Hey Mark. Your from Cherry Hill? Why don't you worry about your own town?
Hey Jimmy. I'm not flaming your post since I'm not sure if you're being sarcastic or don't know, but the work IP addresses seem to screw up locations. I'm in central jersey for work but my location often says "New York" on posts.

But that is a valid point, if true, I don't tell Bergen County how to vote, and I don't want them to tell me what to do.
Bordentownite

United States

#10 Jun 3, 2010
The reason a new high school was built was because enrollments were increasing year over year and the space was needed. The Board for years has tried to get class sizes down and succeeded up until now due to all the budget cuts - who knows what will happen come September. I can agree with everyone that stated the teachers get a lot - agreed. That's where some realities need to come into play. How many of you got raises this year? How many of you pay for health insurance. Don't get me wrong. I love the teachers in this town. I have kids in the system and they are getting a fantastic education. On another note, I really wish those of you that are so passionate about these topics would go to board meetings instead of complaining here.
Murphy

Philadelphia, PA

#11 Jun 7, 2010
You opened it, Good luck. Tonight at midnight your true love will realize they love you. Something good will happen to you at 1:00 PM - 4:40 PM tomorrow, it could be anywhere. Tonight at midnight they will remember how much they loved you as well. You will get the shock of your life tomorrow, a good one. If you break the chain you will be cursed with relationship problems for the next 2 years. Karma. If there is someone you once loved (or still do) and can't get them out of your mind, repost this in another city within the next five minutes..

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