Edison School Tax Levy, 2009
The school tax levy had to be determined by the state education commissioner after it was rejected by voters in April and the Township Council failed to come to an agreement on possible cuts.
The proposed $175.7 tax levy by the state was then cut by $1 million, saving $12 per average assessed household. The revised budget was completed after the state education commissioner determined the amended budget. The decision was made on July 6, 2009, which was a few days after the beginning of the fiscal year.
The rejection of the initial proposal was the direct result of the Township Council and voters failing to come to agreement on possible cuts and other amendments.
Robert Barry, a former board member, voted against the measure stating: "The majority of the increases in this year's budget is for salary increases and in today's economy it is insulting that residents have to pay more in taxes so somebody else can get a pay raise."