The Vaad, The Township, BOE and others all responded with the same answer: School Funding is the top issue facing Lakewood. They cleverly dodged the real issues locally and went to the blame the state game. Yes its a big issue but that's up to the state and not something we can control. Mayor Coles said regarding over-development " the development should be celebrated as a sign of a new and improved Lakewood"
Other issues mentioned were:
-School equality and respect
-State education funding
-Private schools and rapid development
From the article
Here are the biggest issues.
Top issue: School funding
"For Rabbi Kotler, the most pressing issue facing Lakewood is what he and many other local leaders see as woefully inadequate amount of state funding for the township school district. This places an unfair burden on Lakewood and fuels big budget deficits for the district, he said."
Schools Superintendent Laura Winters: State funding for Lakewood schools.
Mayor Coles: State education funding. As for the town's rapid development, Coles doesn't see this as an issue. To him, the development should be celebrated as a sign of a new and improved Lakewood.
Meyer said traffic-- heavy traffic-- is the biggest issue the Lakewood police department faces. He said the once-rural town is “playing catch-up” on keeping pace with the extra road congestion resulting from the housing boom, and the additional cars and residents have led to more traffic accidents and pedestrian accidents.