Woodbridge School District residents rejected a tax referendum Tuesday.
The district was seeking a tax hike to raise $950,000 for its operating expenses.
It failed by 113 votes. The final tally was 754 against to 641 in favor.
It’s the first time in 13 years the district went to voters with a tax referendum.
Woodbridge superintendent Heath Chasanov argued a 30 percent increase in enrollment is partly to blame for mounting costs, including higher transportation and utility bills.
Had it been approved the tax hike would have cost the average Woodbridge homeowner in Sussex County $70 annually, while the average homeowner in Kent County would have seen an $84 property tax hike.