Fields Referendum Fails by Wide Margin
Residents vote against spending nearly $8 million for high school athletic improvements.
The fields of dreams will have to wait.
Parsippany voters came out in the biting cold Tuesday to have their say about the Board of Education's $7.7 million athletic fields referendum. And by a wide margin, they said they were not willing to support the proposal to bring artificial turf fields, lights, refurbished lights and more at Parsippany and Parsippany Hills high schools.
In the end, the referendum did not carry a single polling place, and the unofficial tally performed by Municipal Clerk Yancy Wazirmas showed that no votes outpaced yesses 2,373-1,745.
Board of Education President Susy Golderer, who questioned the cost of the proposal during the referendum planning stages, said the result surprised her.
Still, she said, "The people have spoken. Now we must come together to find another way to give the children and the town fields to bring us pride."
The unofficial breakdown is as follows:
|Brooklawn Middle School||235||295|
|Central Middle School||119||218|
|Powder Mill Firehouse||146||180|
|Rockaway Meadow School||385||578|
|Troy Hills School||235||250|