As Spring Arrives, Locals Get More Active and Involved

As Spring Arrives, Locals Get More Active and Involved

ISSUE #49 – March 14, 2024

Editor’s Note

These past few days have surely created some spring fever! With temperatures reaching into the low 70s, it’s hard not to get excited for the warmer weather to come. Pushing the clocks forward last weekend has lengthened our days, and with the official Spring Equinox coming next week, there is a lot to look forward to.

In our March issue of Princeton Perspectives, As Spring Arrives, Locals Get More Active and Involved, we share a variety of things to get excited for, prepared for and to take part in this spring.

What are you most looking forward to when spring hits Princeton? This is what we asked locals in this month’s Pulse of Princeton. Watch our video to get a sense of some of the greatness the Princeton area offers as the seasons change. Read more…


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The Pulse of Princeton: What are you most looking forward to when spring hits Princeton?

Perspectives Revisited

How much should taxpayers pay towards schools? In November, we explained in the article What is the PPS Referendum and Who are the Board Candidates in the issue Elections 2023 – Details on Voting, Candidates & More! that 49% of your tax bill goes to Princeton Public Schools (PPS). Last year, PPS received increased funding from the state and still increased the school tax portion by 3.2%, up from the allowable 2% hike, by citing a healthcare waiver. It seems like a lot, but some districts still aren’t making ends meet and might be seeing their taxes raised even higher. District 16 Senator Andrew Zwicker is sponsor of a bill that, if passed, will allow some districts to approve a larger tax adjustment, a temporary measure intended to help underfunded schools. Even within the S2 school formula, which was created in 2018 to help underfunded schools, some districts can’t recover, unable to meet their mandated “fair share” and on the path to cutting essential things from their budgets. Zwicker has said it’s a measure needed to counter a longtime funding formula that isn’t working for several districts. Princeton is not losing money under S2, so should not expect to be part of this approved tax hike.

Need a new or replacement recycling bin? Mercer County has you covered. We taught you everything you need to know to recycle properly in the issue Local Realities and Personal Opportunities to Affect Environmental Concerns (Aug 2023). In the article Recycling in Mercer County – Everything you Always Wanted to Know we shared what is accepted for recycling and why it’s done that way. One more step that makes it easier for the county to collect recycling is by ensuring all residents are using the same bins. To do that, the county is making new bins available to anyone that needs. You can pick one up at The Mercer County Connection, Route-33 at the Acme Shopping Center in Hamilton or at 27 Harrison Street in Princeton. If you need more help, Princeton residents can always call your recycling coordinator at 609-688-2566.