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School Officials to Layout Bond Plan at PTA, PFO Meetings

Bond set for public vote on Feb. 4.

School officials have been hitting parent teacher association meetings at Three Village schools in the past weeks to discuss a $56 million bond, called the Efficiency Project and will present the plan again at meetings next week.

School officials will ask Three Village residents to support the bond that they say is needed to make repairs to aging infrastructure in buildings throughout the district.

The plan includes upgrades to major building systems such as heating and cooling systems, plumbing and electric among other things. The age of buildings in the district range from 42-62 years old.

“There are no wish list items. This is window replacement, asbestos floor tile removal, work that we need to do," according to Jeffery Carlson, Assistant Superintendent for Business Services.

The total anticipated cost of the project is $56.156 million. According to the district, 66 percent will be funded through New York State building aid, which reimburses districts sixty-six percent on the dollar. The cost to the average homeowner in Three Village, according to Carlson is $120 per year or $10 per month.

The plan, according to officials, is best funded through a bond, and not through the general budget. According to Carlson, if the district were to fold these projects into its annual budget, it would cost taxpayers approximately $146 a year, a cost that would likely increase over the years it would take to complete.

A detailed overview of the project, its costs and the bond can be found here.

School officials have been presenting the plan at PTA meetings throughout the district as well as the last tow board meetings. Residents who wish to hear the plan presented can attend the following remaining meetings:

  • Monday, Jan. 27 PTSA Meeting at 7:30 p.m. in the library at Ward Melville High School. 
  • Tuesday, Jan. 28, PTA Meeting at 9:30 a.m. at Gelinas Junior High School.

Jamie Webb January 24, 2014 at 05:27 PM
They say the cost will only be $120 a year. Sure. But when the interest is due that adds on to our taxes when the bonds mature! So add that on top of whatever Budget is passed that year!! And because it's not part of the 2% cap it can be as high as the sky. This is why most people in this village are government workers and not business owners.
Its Over January 25, 2014 at 09:18 AM
Another way to raise taxes. There is nothing wrong with the schools. Trying to consolidate debt. More threats that it will cost us more if we don't comply.
John Dutton January 25, 2014 at 12:35 PM
It seems to me that this is an attempt to circumvent the cap which is intended to make school districts work within budgets. Rather than looking to taxpayers, why not make cuts elsewhere, such as staff reduction? Or merging the district's administration with that of another?
John Brooks January 25, 2014 at 12:46 PM
I seem to be confused by their arithmetic. If we bond the cost it will be $119 extra per year for 15 years but if we pay for it thru the budget it will be $146 for ONLY 3 YEARS THAT THE CONSTRUCTION IS IN PROGRESS. The total cost of the repairs will be LESS THAN HALF IF WE PAY FOR IT THRU THE BUDGET. I just received the mailed brochure today, am I missing something?
Its Over January 25, 2014 at 08:41 PM
Voting hours are normal work hours. How convenient when you are trying to sneak in a spending bill and you want to stop people from voting.
Its Over January 25, 2014 at 08:43 PM
Looks like all the taxes we paid the past 30 years didn't include any upgrades to the schools. Must be paying giant salaries instead
Its Over January 25, 2014 at 08:50 PM
http://www.ptcc.us/solution.htm Time for change. Remove the school tax from our property tax. Let's follow Pennsylvania and other states.
Reality Check January 26, 2014 at 02:57 PM
Another scam brought to you by the BOE!!! VOTE NO!!!
Its Over January 26, 2014 at 04:03 PM
Vote No. They're using our money to send out propaganda.

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