The preliminary results from the New Jersey school districts show that for the first time in more than 30 years, majority of the school budgets which were incorporating budget increases have been rejected by the voters. I say that is very good. New Jersey has the highest property taxes in the nation and to burden more on the voters who are suffering the worst recession in a generation is rather unfair. I know that people will say that it is the future of the children at stake. But do you believe that more money pouring into schools will make them even smarter.
To be fair, some towns did approve some school budgets and their property taxes will be hence increased. May be the voters there are rich enough to accept more taxes to fund their kids children but the majority of the folks who have either lost jobs or have their wages cut, it is really unfair to force them to accept more property taxes. The towns have to cut their budgets and let their employees accept the same kind of pain that is being burdened by private sector employees. That is what fairness demands and I am happy that fairness and justice prevailed. Now I know that there will be more demands on individual folks to pay for the shortfall in taxes by either more cuts in services or other cuts but that is the price we will all have to pay eventually.