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ELCS district voters to have say on building projects March 5

Public hearing Feb. 27

Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School

Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School District residents will vote next week on two building projects.

The district is holding a referendum vote Tuesday, March 5, from noon until 8 p.m. in the school’s main lobby.

Residents will also have a chance to learn about the project during a public hearing that will take place Wednesday, Feb. 27, starting at 6 p.m. in the school’s conference room.

“We will have a brief presentation outlining how this project came to be, and we have photos of the work items proposed for the project’s scope of work,” ELCS Superintendent Scott Osborne said. “Holding a public forum on the proposed capital renovations allows community members to ask questions about the proposed project prior to the vote.”

There will be a pair of votes, both for permission to move forward with renovation and repair projects to the school building.

Proposition 1, which totals $341,293, would have no tax implications to ELCS property owners.

The project would include replacement and/or renovation of roofs, refurbishing bathrooms in elementary classrooms, replacement of a sewage ejector pump, replacement of classroom hot water heaters, replacement of pumps and valves in the hot water heating system and technology infrastructure upgrades and improvements, all of which would be 100 percent funded through state EXCEL funding along with additional state aid.

“The funding for the project is very much separate from the school operating budget,” Osborne said last month. “There would be no impact on the May budget with this project. These are essential renovations and upgrades that are needed to keep the building in good shape.”

Proposition 2 requires local taxpayer funding for 33 percent of the proposition’s work, which would translate to an additional 4 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value for 16 years.

The project includes asbestos removal along with the removal of carpeting, tile flooring and tile mastic and the replacement of the flooring with new tile. If approved, the project would cost 4 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value to taxpayers over the next 16 years.

“We will need to cover one-third of the cost for this project, and we would need the community to examine paying for that,” Osborne said.

The School District has created a web page outlining information on this proposed project; go to elcsd.org to see links and information.

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