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the staff of the Ridgewood blog
Ridgewood NJ, these “save money” arguments are ridiculous , the Ridgewood School Budget is over $115 Million dollars ,please give us a break !
False Claim #4: “The Board of Ed election this past April cost our community $65K (up from the initial estimate of $42K when the April budget vote was reinstated).
TRUTH: Purposely misleading. The higher cost of the Board of Education election last April was a one-time expense due to an error on the part of the Board of Education business administrator.
False Claim #4 (continued): “Consolidating our elections will reduce Ridgewood election costs, make better use of taxpayer dollars.”
TRUTH: The results of the 2020 school budget vote saved taxpayers $630,000 this year and every year going forward compounded by each year’s tax increase. This money was not needed and was actually headed to maintenance reserves. In planning the $100 million annual school budget, there is waste. Annual budget votes can lead to identifying that waste, keeping a higher percentage of the tax levy focused on education related expenses. And really, it’s kind of hard to sell a $50,000 cost for an election as favorable to $630,000 in savings to taxpayers. Remember, once that money is taxed, it’s taxed again every year compounded by the tax increase.
False Claim #4 (continued): “Off-cycle election costs could be cut from the budget or spent on other programs if all of our elections were consolidated to November.”
TRUTH: Election expenses are a separate budget item and cannot be re-allocated to other programs. Each local election costs each registered voter an average of about $2.50. The potential savings of the school budget vote alone completely eclipse this cost many, many times over.