The Greater Egg Harbor Regional High School District will hold three public information sessions this month on its proposed bond referendum March 11 for work at all three high schools.
Meetings will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Cedar Creek High School in Egg Harbor City; Wednesday at Absegami High School in Galloway Township; and Feb. 26 at Oakcrest High School in Mays Landing.
The district is eligible for 54 percent of the $37 million cost, or about $20 million, to be funded through state debt-service aid. If approved, the remaining cost would increase property taxes by varying amounts based in the affected communities.
On a house assessed at $100,000, taxes would increase $25 per year in Egg Harbor City, $21 per year in Galloway Township, $22 per year in Hamilton Township and $36 per year in Mullica Township, according to information provided by the district. Residents in the sending districts of Port Republic and Washington Township in Burlington County do not vote.
The most expensive item on the proposed bond is air conditioning for Oakcrest High School, estimated to cost $12 million. Other projects at Oakcrest include renovating the athletic fields, improving access to athletic areas and upgrading the locker room, security systems, science labs and technology systems and equipment.
Projects at Absegami High School include renovating the locker rooms, updating security systems, renovating the athletic complex and fields, and updating science labs and technology systems and equipment.
Upgrades at Cedar Creek include increasing locker room capacity, renovating the athletic complex and fields, and installing an official school sign and stadium lighting, which were not included in the original $82 million school that opened in 2010. The athletic fields would be reconfigured to create more playing space and improve drainage.
A special referendum section has been added to the district website at www.gehrhsd.net.
The district has set up a referendum hotline at 609-625-0657, ext. 2732, and email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Voting will take place from 3 to 9 p.m. March 11 at regular polling places in Hamilton Township, Galloway Township, Egg Harbor City and Mullica Township, The tally will be based on total votes from all four districts.
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