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School Budget Presentation, Montville Fire District Elections This Week

Despite public not being able to vote on Montville Township Public Schools budget, township residents can still have their say.

Montville School Budget Presentations to Begin

The public may not be able to vote on Montville Township Public Schools' 2013 budget, but residents are still invited to hear details about what the school district is proposing. The district voted to move school board elections to November and eliminate a public vote on the school budget last year as long as the budget does not exceed the state-mandated 2 percent cap. However, as required, according to Superintendent Dr. Paul Fried, the district will begin the first of several information sessions and presentations about this year's budget on Tuesday.

During the public presentation, which will be held at 7 p.m. in the Montville Township High School cafeteria, Fried said he will be discussing new intiatives the board plans to implement with this year's budget.

Tuesday will not be the only chance the public will have to weigh in on the budget, as Fried said conversation will continue during the Feb. 19 meeting.

Public to Vote on Fire District Budgets

Unlike the school budget, the public will have the opportunity to vote on their respective fire districts' proposed 2013 budgets during the annual fire district elections on Saturday. Last year, all fire district budgets passed and nearly 250 residents came out to vote.

Residents who live in the three fire districts (Montville, Towaco and Pine Brook) will cast votes between 2 p.m. and 9 p.m. Check back here later in the week for results.

Ed February 11, 2013 at 12:12 PM
As to school budgets ....The BOE voted so they can do what they want with our tax money on their own... "come to our information sessions and presentations about this year's budget"... to do what, so you can tell me you what you will do with my tax money. We have ZERO input... I am very disappointed in each of the BOE members not allowing residents to vote on the school budget.
Maxim Sapozhnikov February 11, 2013 at 01:43 PM
Ed, they cannot risk the peasants to revolt again and shoot down their wish list. How dare you to question their expenses and plans - it is all for the children!
D Ambriano February 11, 2013 at 04:33 PM
Apparently, you can have a say and still have no voice...
wally February 11, 2013 at 06:21 PM
shouldn't the budget be accessible on the school website? Would like to be able to review before the meeting - oh but that wouldn't make sense, let's do all we can to keep the public in the dark.

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