In Freehold, 611 voters, 11% of those registered rejected borrowing $33 million for school construction by 241 to 370. An identical referendum was defeated by Borough voters on September 30 by 273 to 374. There are 1644 students residing in the district. The average property tax bill in Freehold Borough would have increased by $278 per year had the measure passed.
In the Ocean Township K-12 District, which include residents of Loch Arbour, 1997 voters, 10% of those registered, approved a $29 million measure that will fund improvement and renovations to four schools. More than half of the spending, $15.4 million, will go towards a performing arts auditorium and gymnasium in the high school. The new bonds will not result in a tax increase for debt service, according to the Board of Education, because a 1995 bond is being paid off.
508 West Long Branch voters, 8.6 %, defeated an $9,000,000 project for new HVAC systems in two schools. $3.6 million (40%) of the project would have been paid for by the State of New Jersey. Property taxes would have increased by an average of $45.96 had the measure passed.