Pompton Lakes School District

Bond Referendum

VOTE December 12

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Stepping up student safety

The Pompton Lakes Board of Education thoroughly reviewed building security and safety protocols over the past few years. As part of that process, Board members invited input from safety experts and asked plenty of questions about areas in need of improvement.  

After identifying upgrades to modernize security and communications systems, only one question remained: What’s the best way to fund these projects? The Board decided on a bond referendum because of the benefit of state aid with voter approval and the ability to complete projects quickly but pay for them over time.  

Pompton Lakes is about to pay off debt from its previous referendum-funded projects, so the district could make a $5.7 million investment in safety and security with no increase in the tax rate.  

A practical approach to practical projects

The district will ask voters for permission to finance improvements that include security vestibules and safety upgrades in a special election on Tuesday, Dec. 12. If voters approve, the district will borrow money by selling bonds, and pay off the debt over 20 years – much the way consumers buy a home. 

Most importantly, a successful referendum provides $1.9 million in state aid toward the the project costs. Taxpayers across New Jersey pay into the revenue that funds school construction projects, but only communities with approved referenda get to bring some money back home.  

More peace of mind. Zero increase in tax rate.

Shoring up security

Pompton Lakes School District is targeting upgrades to enhance building security for students and staff: 

Other proposed projects would improve the communications network that ensures buildings operate more smoothly every day – as well as in the event of an emergency: 

Reducing risks

Improvements included in our bond proposal would strengthen safety and contingency planning

The decision is in the community's hands

The Board prepared the bond proposal, but the community will determine what happens on Dec. 12. Residents who are registered to vote in Pompton Lakes can cast their ballots by mail or in person between 6a.m.-8p.m

In the meantime, the district will share more information about the bond referendum on this website, through a video and social media, and with flyers and other materials. Community members will also have the opportunity to ask questions at a virtual forum. 

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