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Judgment Day: The Bancroft Referendum

Five things you need to know about the important vote today.

1. The $12.5 million referendum being decided today is for the public purchase of the 19.2-acre Bancroft property at 425 Kings Highway East. The Board of Education and the borough have entered into a joint purchase agreement "to seize the opportunity of acquiring this historic and prominent 'gateway into Haddonfield' for use by the community at large, for educational and recreational purposes, to allow for possible future school expansion and development of a high school campus, and to secure an open space legacy."

2. Opponents of the referendum say: "Supporters of the bond referendum may claim that the property tax increases will be ‘small,’ but our town’s middle-class residents and seniors on fixed incomes can't afford more we already pay twice the state average in property taxes, more than $12,000."

3. At the borrowing amount of $12.5 million dollars, discounting for grants or other sources of funds, and based on a 3.3 percent rate over 20 years, the average annual impact will be $189.00 on the average assessed value for a residential property of $491,345.00, according to the school board.

4. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Voting Locations

  • Tatem School, 1 Glover Ave (music room) Districts 2 &10
  • Middle School, Chestnut Ave (gym rear entrance) Districts 3 & 4
  • Elizabeth Haddon School, 501 W. Redman Ave.(art room) Districts 6 & 7
  • Middle School, Chestnut Avenue (gym rear entrance) Districts 1 & 5
  • Lutheran Church, 204 Wayne Avenue (parish hall) Districts 8 & 9

5. Haddon Patch will feature a live chat starting at 8 p.m. Tuesday with updates and chat on the Bancroft referendum. Haddon Patch will have live coverage of results when polls close at 9 p.m. Find out what happens here first.

Susan Hoch MD January 22, 2013 at 11:01 PM
Actually, we do "Zone" our Haddonfield's special needs kids. They are bused out of district rather than having the school bear the cost here. It may actually cost more to send them out. I have not seen a discussion anywhere on this but would like to see this. I have spoken to several parents of special needs children while calling for Haddonfield United. My sense is that some want their children mainstreamed and some don't because they do not want their children to be a target of teasing and bullying and to feel badly about themselves. I would like to see the Board of Real Estate discuss this, rather than their real estate transactions.
Susan Hoch MD January 22, 2013 at 11:06 PM
I can't speak for all Radnor residents but the ones I know support improved lighting and maintenance. The tennis courts that my son and I played on in the 90's were allowed to deteriorate and were not maintained. The "vandals" were the Board of Education. I don't buy the vandal argument unless it is the "goofy kids" or drunk kids that vandalize other things in this town - defecate in pianos etc, steal lawn signs and fliers. I almost think that the Board of Real Estate or others in this town put out this spin that "you are not welcome at Radnor" to make the town more accepting when they sell the field. I for one would support improvements to Radnor including a playground for young children and maybe even bringing back the tennis courts since there are no other tennis courts in this part of town.
Citizenman January 22, 2013 at 11:09 PM
I'm concerned that future costs, and we all know that they are coming, will force me to leave the town I love. Also, the people in the Radnor field area might be getting new neighbors as developers offer sweet financial incentives to the borough so they can make some nice profits.
taxfreetrader January 22, 2013 at 11:24 PM
It has been informative to see all these various opinions expressed today, the recurring theme seems to have some common threads. All want to preserve the quality of life in this town. There are fears of out of control taxes which given the current experiences with state and federal government are not unfounded. Whatever the outcome hopefully the enthusiasm to express ideas will provide a direction that will enhance the future while not creating hardship or destroying what we presently enjoy. The best situation for concerned Radnor residents is to embrace improvement of those fields. Lighting the varsity baseball field would provide essential usage and assure that the property always remain open space. I hear you "citizenman" and if I have a vote, you will be staying in this town. Those of us that want to pursue and improve the future won't allow those like yourself who helped get us here to be forced out. Let's balance the interests and give everyone a portion of what they want?
Mister Mike January 22, 2013 at 11:35 PM
Unfortunately, any more it's not the developers offering sweet financial incentives to towns, but the exact opposite. The developers get PILOT's and make their nice profits, too. And, the PILOT screws over the towns' BOE as none of the PILOT money goes to it.

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