The BOE voted unanimously to put the $241 million of bonding needed to construct the proposed New High School on the ballot to be voted upon by Hoboken registered voters on January 25th. This means:
- the proposal can’t be changed prior to the vote on January 25th, and
- voters only have a choice to vote the proposal “up or down” (yes or no).
The lack of public input afforded to Hoboken residents before the proposal was placed on the ballot means that only those Hoboken taxpayers who are registered to vote in Hoboken can have a say in this decision, not all taxpayers.
If the proposed New High School is voted down on January 25th, BOE President Angley did say at the December 7th meeting they would come back with a modified version within 12 months. As such, you need to educate yourself on the project “as proposed” before January 25th and vote in one of the following ways:
- YES, if you are 100% on board and love it as proposed!
- NO, if you don’t support it at all.
- NO, but likely a yes in the future if you would like to see the BOE come back to voters in 12 months with a different and/or less costly version that is still amazing.
The BOE has provided the following information about the project on their website to help voters get more informed before the referendum vote including:
- A video of the proposed building that gives you a good idea of what it the current proposal will look like.
- A flip book with summary points on enrollment and total cost.
- A demographic study which makes the enrollment growth case.
- A FAQ document that is “live” that the BOE is continuing to update and provide more information.
- An email address to send any questions you may have: [email protected]
The BOE are also hosting the following 3 additional public meetings in 2022:
- Thursday, Jan. 6th – 7pm in person at Hoboken High School, 800 Clinton
- Thursday, Jan. 13th – 7pm Virtual, VIA Zoom (details to follow)
- Monday, Jan. 17th – 7pm in person at Hoboken High School, 800 Clinton
This referendum vote will be like any other election in Hoboken:
On January 25th, registered voters vote at your regular polling location:
- Click here to check where you vote: NJ DOS - Division of Elections - Polling Place Search
- Polls open from 6am to 8pm
- Vote By Mail prior to January 25th
If you are leaning in a direction and don’t vote, then you are effectively voting in the opposite direction. This is a small turn out election – the opposite of a presidential election. This is the kind of election where EVERY VOTE MATTERS THE MOST!