Madison died on June 28, 1836, at the Montpelier estate. After his death, his 1834 message, "Advice to My Country," was released. He had specifically requested that the note not be made public until after his passing. In part of his final political comment, he wrote: "The advice nearest to my heart and deepest in my convictions is that the Union of the States be cherished and perpetuated. Let the open enemy to it be regarded as a Pandora with her box opened; and the disguised one, as the Serpent creeping with his deadly wiles into Paradise."
The Board of Education recently received additional state aid in the form of equalization aid as an offset to our current underfunding issues. We were million dollars underfunded as per the State adequacy calculation. The State of New Jersey provided million dollars in additional equalization aid to the district. The board chose to alleviate the burden on tax payers by reducing the upcoming tax bill. The district had approved a 2% increase for this school year, the board has approved tax relief in the amount of $500,000 to reduce taxes. The average home in Bound Brook should receive about a $ a year decrease in taxes. This represents almost a 4% decrease in taxes from the upcoming tax bill.