Mayor John G. Ducey is calling on Governor Phil Murphy to veto Senate Bill 2, which was passed by the Senate and Assembly. The bill strips adjustment school aid from over 100 districts, including Brick Township and redistributes it to other districts around the state. Under the plan, Brick will lose approximately $22.5 million in adjustment aid.
“This bill is an affront to our community, our schools and our taxpayers. Eliminating aid from our schools will have a severe impact on Brick Township in terms of higher taxes and poorer education for our schoolchildren,” said Mayor Ducey. “I implore Governor Murphy to do the right thing and veto this bill.”
Senate Bill 2, which was sponsored by State Senate President Stephen Sweeney (3rd District) will eliminate adjustment aid from the Brick Township public schools over the next seven years. That money would then be redistributed to districts that are said to by underfunded. According to the state’s formula, Brick Township is considered a ‘wealthy’ district.
“Our schools are trying to provide our students with a great education in as affordable way as possible and this bill is going to make that task even harder,” said Mayor Ducey.
Brick Township is also still dealing with the financial impact of Superstorm Sandy. “Our ratable base is still down over $309 million dollars from before the storm which is still impacting the taxpayers of our town. To add this to their burden is quite frankly unacceptable,” said Mayor Ducey.
The increases caused by this bill will hit older residents particularly hard. According to the last census, here in Brick Township there are 18,067 residents ages 60 and over – nearly 25% of the entire community.
“A significant number of our older residents are retired or are on fixed incomes. The massive school tax increases that will be caused by this legislation will have a severe impact on their quality of life,” said Mayor Ducey.
Mayor Ducey encourages residents to share their views on this legislation with Governor Murphy by calling the Governor’s Office or reaching out via social media including Facebook and Twitter.