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Signs inside the Meadow-lands Racing & Entertain-ment complex in East Rutherford, Bergen County, encourage voters to approve the referendum to allow casnios in North Jersey.

The public will decide some critical issues affecting their state, their towns and their schools in questions appearing before voters in the November election.

The state’s first ballot question would allow two casinos in New Jersey at least 72 miles from Atlantic City. It was 40 years ago this month that state voters approved a referendum that brought casinos exclusively to the resort.

The second statewide ballot question would dedicate all money from the gasoline tax and the petroleum-products gross receipts tax to the Transportation Trust Fund to fund road, bridge and transportation projects. The question does not affect the amount collected by the gas tax, which legislators increased this month from 14.5 cents per gallon to 37.5 cents.

On local ballots, North Wildwood is considering switching its name to Anglesea. The city was founded as Anglesea in 1885 before it was changed to North Wildwood in 1906. The nonbinding referendum will not change the city’s name but will gauge sentiment for a possible future switch.

In Ventnor, voters would allow the city to issue liquor licenses for as many as three restaurants. Those establishments could sell alcohol for drinking inside the restaurant.

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Linwood voters have two questions. One would allow restaurants to sell alcoholic drinks for off-site consumption. The second would have residents vote for school board members, who are currently appointed by the mayor.

In Longport, voters will decide whether to split from the Atlantic County Library System and establish the borough’s own free public library.

In Atlantic City, nonbinding referendums will gauge support for a voucher system aimed at private-school accessibility and a tax credit of up to $10,000 for families who homeschool their children.

Millville’s public question would create a commission to study possible changes to the city charter and its current form of government.

In Ocean County, the Pinelands Regional School District has a bond referendum seeking as much as $53.6 million in three separate questions. The first question requests $46.8 million for repairs and replacements at the junior and senior high schools. The second asks for $4.8 million for upgrades to IT infrastructure and new entrances at the junior and senior high schools, changes to bus drop-off and pickup areas at the junior high school, and renovations to the main entrance and library at the high school. The third question for $1.9 million upgrades grass fields and adds stormwater management to the high school stadium, repairs the track and refurbishes tennis courts. Approval of the first question is needed for the other two to be possible.

Barnegat Township will decide whether taxpayers should fund Fourth of July fireworks.

Beach Haven could establish an open-space tax of 1 cent per $100 of assessed value to buy, develop and maintain land for recreation, conservation and historic preservation.

Long Beach Township’s ballot asks whether the township should charge fares to people who use the existing municipal transportation system.

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