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Broadalbin-Perth seeks voter approval for capital project

December 18, 2012
By LEVI PASCHER , The Leader Herald

BROADALBIN - Voters in the Broadalbin-Perth Central School District will get to vote on a $2.1 million capital project that officials said includes no increase in the tax levy due to funding by grants and the capital reserve fund.

The district's Board of Education unanimously approved a resolution Monday to put the $2.1 million capital project on the ballot for voters in February.

The project's primary focus will be to repair the roofing at the high school, but also will allow the district to acquire 45 acres of land adjacent to the middle school for additional parking.

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Broadalbin-Perth Central School District Superintendent Stephen Tomlinson and Board of Education President Edward Szumowski talk about the proposed capital project during the meeting Monday.
The Leader-Herald / Levi Pascher

The project also includes plans for technology infrastructure upgrades and permission to acquire the necessary equipment, machinery or apparatus required to complete the work.

"We have two large areas of roofing that have not been addressed and we have to address that to prevent anything from happening to our equipment and computers," Superintendent Stephen Tomlinson said. "We also need to ensure we don't lose the EXCEL funding we have right now. The money is available and we need to use it before we lose it."

A small portion of the project also will go toward district-wide wireless Internet access.

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Central School District residents will be asked to vote on a proposed capital project that includes roof work and technology infrastructure upgrades, officials said.

When: Feb. 5 from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Where: The middle school or high school. Residents will vote at one of the schools depending on their ZIP code.

"To meet the needs of our students, as they so deserve, you have to be able to walk into any part of this building and have access to the Internet," Tomlinson said.

He said before the vote in February, the district will provide voters with a detailed list explaining how it plans to pay for the project without increasing taxes.

The resolution passed on Monday said voter approval will allow the district to spend $250,000 from the capital reserve fund, plus additional funding will come from state aid and EXCEL grants received.

The board began exploring the project last spring, and the maximum cost will be about $2.16 million.

The vote will be Feb. 5 from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the middle school and high school. The school residents vote at will be based on the ZIP code where they reside.

"My biggest fear is that the taxpayers may just not get out and vote since it serves no tax levy upon them," Tomlinson said after the meeting. "Think about the hundreds of thousands of dollars invested in equipment in this school. We need to protect that investment with adequate roofing."



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