Support A Voter Referendum-Let The Voters Decide To Fund Police Officers In K-8 Schools
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The Board of Education should place a question on the November ballot asking the public to approve funding for the School Resource Officer (SRO) Program. The SRO Program currently consists of full-time police officers in our elementary and middle schools. The Program costs $505,000 per year. The Program was first implemented in the latter half of the 2015-2016 school year and the funding has come from the Evesham Township's Police Department budget since then.
Evesham Township’s Mayor and Council announced at their April meeting that the SRO Program will no longer be funded by the Township. The School District cannot fully fund the SRO Program without exceeding the 2% annual tax increase cap. The best solution would be for the Township and School District to share the cost. However, given their contentious relationship, it is not likely a cooperative agreement will be reached any time soon.
Sine the Township will not pay for the SRO Program then the Board of Education should ask the public to approve funding through a ballot question. If the public question passes, then the $505,000 for the SRO Program would be guaranteed every year from the municipal tax. It would not be subject to school budget shortfalls, state school aid, or annual caps.
By signing this petition you are asking the Board of Education to place a public question on the November ballot. This question would ask the voters to approve a guaranteed source of funding from the local taxes for the SRO Program.
Please sign only if you are an Evesham Township New Jersey voter.
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