WARREN, NJ - Unofficial results are in. With 100 percent of the districts reported, results are in favor of the referendum.
“I want to thank all of the voters who took time today to go to the polls and cast their votes,” said WHRHS Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Jewett. “The additional $1.3-$1.5 million of state funding that will be contributed to the electrical panel and media center projects as a result of the affirmative outcome will allow us to both maintain and enhance our facility, providing a safe and innovative learning environment for our staff and students, and continue on our journey to become even better tomorrow then we are today.”
In Warren with 191 votes for and 107 votes against;
In Watchung with 139 votes for and 106 votes against;
And in Long Hill with 318 votes for and 149 votes against.
All vote totals and results are unofficial until certified by election officials.
The voters of the Watchung Hills sending districts were asked to vote on a special election referendum to install electrical upgrades and renovate the media center at the polls on September 24. The special election vote was held in September to better ensure competitive bids so that the projects can be completed prior to the 2020-21 school year, Business Administrator Tim Stys said. The projects will be undertaken regardless of the vote, however, a yes vote qualifies the projects for a rebate from the State of New Jersey. The state will reimburse the Watchung Hills Regional High School District up to 40% of the cost of the projects. The savings will go back into capital reserve for future projects without burdening taxpayers in the future. The total dollars expected to be reimbursed from the state is approximately $1.3-$1.5 million.
The projects will be undertaken at a cost not to exceed $3,857,000 which will be funded through the issuance of a short term bond/note and the state has already accepted the project. “By passing the referendum for these projects, the State of New Jersey will reimburse the Watchung Hills Regional High School District up to 40% of the cost of the project,” Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Jewett says. “The savings will go back into capital reserve for future projects without burdening taxpayers in the future. “