Westfield Votes “Yes” on Bond Referendum
Tuesday, December 11, 2012 • 9:47pm
WESTFIELD, NJ—In a special election held today, a majority of Westfield voters said yes to a $13.6 million bond referendum to fund the replacement and repair of roofs on each of the 12 district owned buildings. The vote was 2,700 to 1,503.
Because the bond passed, the district expects that all roofs could be completed by the summer of 2014, with the high school and possibly one other roof completed in the summer of 2013.
The estimated cost to the average homeowner is a $31 increase in taxes for one half of 2014. According to the district, with maturation of existing bonds, the total tax impact would decrease dramatically over the life of the new bond.
This was the second special election for a bond referendum in three months. On September 24, a majority of Westfield voters said “no” to the nearly $17 million bond referendum that would have led to replacing most of the district’s aging roofs as well as to turfing and lighting a multi-use field at Westfield High School.