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From 2016 to 2020, Lyndhurst Commissioners budget $82 million for a school, only $40 million for roads, sewers, etc…

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For the first time in all of New Jersey, a local municipal government that is ONLY legally responsible for government debt for roads, sewers, fire services, etc., is using municipal government debt capacity to build a massively expensive Middle School for its local Board of Education.

Why are the Lyndhurst Mayor and Commissioners doing this? And why isn’t any other municipality in New Jersey doing this too?

Perhaps, other towns are not doing this creative financing of expensive school construction because most Mayors and Councils know school debt is separate from municipal debt under the law.

When the Lyndhurst Board of Commissioners borrows money they don’t have to ask voters for approval, they just OK more debt at a meeting, no voter approval required. But, when the Lyndhurst Board of Education wants to go into debt to build a school, the BOE has to ask voters for approval in a referendum to borrow the money to build.

In two different referendums in 2010, the voters said NO to a Board of Education proposal to build a $30 million middle school on Matera Field in Lyndhurst. Frustrated, in 2016 the Board of Commissioners by-passed the voters’ NO and started borrowing money on the Lyndhurst Township’s municipal government debt tab, without the voter approval required for the Lyndhurst Board of Education to borrow to build a school.

The result?

Millions of dollars in Lyndhurst municipal debt, that should have been used to repair roads and sewers and more, was used instead by the Lyndhurst Board of Commissioners to build a Middle School for the Lyndhurst Board of Education.


2016

2016 Capital Spending/Debt Budget by Township government ONLY (not BOE debt which is additional):

Commissioners’ 2016 capital budget OK to build a Middle School: $50,000,000
Commissioners’ 2016 capital budget OK to fix roads, sewers, etc: $8,405,000

2017

2017 Capital Spending/Debt Budget by Township government ONLY (not BOE debt which is additional):

Commissioners’ 2017 capital budget OK to build a Middle School: $10,000,000
Commissioners’ 2017 capital budget OK to fix roads, sewers, etc: $6,210,000

2018

2018 Capital Spending/Debt Budget by Township government ONLY (not BOE debt which is additional):

Commissioners’ 2018 capital budget OK to build a Middle School: $13,000,000
Commissioners’ 2018 capital budget OK to fix roads, sewers, etc: $3,960,000

2019

2019 Capital Spending/Debt Budget by Township government ONLY (not BOE debt which is additional):

Commissioners’ 2019 capital budget OK to build a Middle School: $6,100,000
Commissioners’ 2019 capital budget OK to fix roads, fire, water, etc: $10,337,000

2020

2020 PROJECTED Capital Spending/Debt Budget by Township government ONLY (not BOE debt which is additional):

Commissioners’ 2019 capital budget OK to build a Middle School: $3,500,000
Commissioners’ 2019 capital budget OK to fix roads, fire, water, etc: $11,550,500

Since 2016, the Lyndhurst Board of Commissioners has voted YES to budget $82,600,000 ($82 million plus) for Middle School construction.

Since 2016, the Lyndhurst Board of Commissioners has voted YES to budget $40,462,500 ($40 million plus) for roads, sewer, fire equipment, etc.

Lyndhurst Commissioners Montillo, Jarvis, DiMaggio, Haggerty and Mayor Giangeruso (above)

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