TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP)New Jersey school budgets and school board candidates will be up for votes in a rare Wednesday election.

The school elections were moved to Wednesday so they wouldn’t conflict with Passover this year.

They’re being held in most New Jersey communities. It’s the only state in the nation where voters in most areas get a direct say every year on how much tax money will be collected to pay for the schools.

Even though the state has the highest average property tax bill in the U.S., the majority of budget plans are routinely accepted. But last year, nearly 60 percent were rejected as Gov. Chris Christie campaigned against them.

This time, taxes in most towns are not allowed to go up by more than 2 percent.

Polling hours vary.

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