The people of Haddonfield, NJ have spoken. And they said ‘no.’
Voters Tuesday rejected the borough school board’s proposal to buy the nearly 20-acre site of Bancroft, a private educational facility for developmentally disabled individuals, for $12.5 million. Details of the 2,387-2,136 vote tally are here.
As I wrote in my column Sunday, opposition to the proposal centered on the expected property tax impact; supporters eyed the site for expansion of athletic and other facilities at the adjacent Haddonfield Memorial High School.
In a statement on its Facebook page, the victorious Haddonfield United group made a conciliatory gesture to the pro-purchase forces: "Haddonfield United would like to thank all the residents on both sides of the bond issue for their dedication in what they believe in. With the wealth of ideas from all our citizens we can find ways to accommodate the growing needs of our community...together."