Imagine there was a branch of government that was responsible for the most important task in the world and was also responsible for 60% of your property tax bill.
Imagine that the members of the governing board were elected annually and that their budget was subject to voter approval.
Imagine that two weeks before the election few voters knew who the candidates were, how much the budget was and what it was funding.
Imagine that less than 10% of citizens voted in those elections.
With such lax oversight by the people paying the bills, I imagine that such a branch of government would be very expensive. Employees would have high pay, generous benefits, a lot of time off and hefty pensions. The employees jobs would be protected for life.
Two weeks from today New Jersey will hold its Board of Education elections.
Do you know who the candidates are? Do you know how much the budget is and what it funds? Do you know where the polling places are and what time they are open?
Chances are you don't know the answers to all of those questions. They are not easy to find, even in this information age.
A Google search for "Board of Education candidates, Middletown, NJ" did not produce any names.
If the County Clerk's web site has information about polling places, budgets or candidates, I couldn't find it.
A reader informed me that Pat Walsh is running for re-election in Middletown. There's extra incentive to vote this year.
Candidates for any Monmouth County Board of Education are welcome to use this web site to there message out. Anyone with information about candidates and budgets is welcome to send it in.
Let's make an impact in the next two weeks.