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Voters to Decide on $56 Million Bond for School Repairs Tuesday

Three Village school officials say the bond is needed to finance much needed repairs.

Three Village residents will head to the polls Tuesday to cast their ballots on a $56 million bond proposal that would finance repairs to the district's schools. 

If passed, the bond would fund what the school board has named The Efficiency Project and it it would include significant repairs to aging infrastructure at all district schools, officials have said. 

Although the total anticipated cost of the project is $56.2 million, 66 percent of that total would be funded by the state, officials said. For the average homeowner in the Three Village district, the project would cost about $119 a year over a 15-year period beginning in the 2015-16 school year. 

The total anticipated cost of the project is $56.156 million. Of this amount, 66 percent will be funded through New York State building aid. For the average household in the district, the project would cost approximately $119 a year or $10 a month over the term of the bond. The impact would begin in the 2015-16 school year and run for 15 years. 

“Building systems, much like one’s home, require constant attention and repair in order to preserve their integrity and usefulness,” Board of Education President Jeffrey Kerman said in statement on the district's website. “By bonding these projects together, we are not only able to address systems that have exceeded their useful life within a short period of time, but also lessen the impact on our taxpayers, as two-thirds of the project will be paid for by the state. If we had to add these projects into our annual operating budget, it would cripple our finances and ultimately divert funds away from our educational program for the next 10 to 12 years.”  

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

Polls are open Tuesday from 6 a.m.- 9 p.m. at all of the district's elementary schools. 

How do you plan on voting Tuesday? Share your thoughts in the comments section below. 
Reality Check February 03, 2014 at 08:26 AM
I am voting NO...I find it disgusting that I pay one of the country's highest school taxes and this Administration cannot manage the finances of the district. These issues should have been dealt with already yet, fixing tiles or gutters are NOT capital projects...it IS a way for this Administration do an end around the tax cap by pushing off ongoing repairs into a budget and BS the public by saying NYS will help to fund it...PS I would REALLY like to know where the average house is with the usual '$10 modest increase per month' because I don't think it exists but rather another BS story by the Administration.
tea February 03, 2014 at 08:48 AM
VOTE NO...I know the new residents don't care if the original homeowners can afford to live here. How much more do you big shots think we should pay... $14,000 taxes for a modest home in East Setauket makes no sense. PAY FOR YOUR OWN CHILDREN why should we be put out of our town because of your HORDING..Students have not hurt this town you thugs are destroying our town,,,,YOU want the school perks then you pay for them... Do you think that anyone can afford to live here. My home is worth half or less because people can't afford over $1000 per month to live here. Been in the town 37 years and can't wait to get out of this dump... I loved my town but today if you don't work for STONY BROOK your now a outcast.. Ward Melville SCIENCE WING was not for our students but SB professor that are destroying our town.. Intell awards are grad students/professors works not Ward Melville students...Wake up... You are not COLD SPRING HARBOR schools, or Great Neck..you can purchase a home for $200,000 half of our town is BANKRUPTED.. Why because families and single people can't afford your abusive school taxes. Send these teachers to Central Islip and see how they would do..Parents are educating these students not the teachers....
tea February 03, 2014 at 09:32 AM
Had enough of increase in School Taxes putting us out of our homes......Most small home $12,000 to $14,000 and middle America afford this.. As your rich in this town have said THEN MOVE if you can't afford to live here..... THREE VILLAGE SCHOOL BOARD ELECTION TO RAISE TAXES AGAIN. Now under the schools are closed again today. The public that pay these extreme school taxes are working today... Problem because of the extreme weather many older people can't get out to vote tomorrow and can't find out how we can vote without the ability to have a vote count...My home 37 yo and I'm paying $14,000 per year or almost $1200 taxes only per month... Something needs to change and all elections need to be on November 1st Tuesday so every ones vote counts..WE ALL NEED TO OBJECT TO THESE ABUSES. Governor was to set it so no school could go over 2%.. When was the last time you got a raise. I'm a RN and haven't seen a raise in 5 years and my salary is half of what it was in 1990.. Police and teachers are the only ones that have gotten raises.. Suffolk County Gov't worker have gotten nothing all these years while the cops get huge ones and perks to die for.... NEED TO GET GROUPS TOGETHER AND FIGHT THIS ABUSE IN ALBANY....your going to lose your homes, when you retire or partner dies ( mine was 35 yo) and you only have one salary to pay your school taxes .......
Raissa February 03, 2014 at 11:11 AM
I am confused. The lists of needed repairs and photographs suggest that there has been no ongoing maintenance. That does not seem a responsible approach to me. Yes, like homes, building systems need repairs -- regularly! Not wise to wait until everything is crumbling, but this proposal looks to me like that's been the policy here. And please don't start making an issue about asbestos as a selling point. Replace broken tiles as needed. No one is going to get poisoned. I really don't know how I can afford this along with expected yearly increases. My taxes are now at 15K.
Johny Q February 03, 2014 at 11:40 AM
This is insane! Just Vote No!
Its Over February 03, 2014 at 07:21 PM
Criminals. We haven't paid for their last bond. These schools are a non stop money pit. Run away salaries eat up the whole budget which include their yearly triple raises.
Hugh February 04, 2014 at 07:27 AM
Instead of buying fancy signs they should have used the money for some repairs!!!
Moe Szyslak February 04, 2014 at 07:40 AM
The entire board should be voted out for mismanagement of funds. Where are the funds from the last budget vote going and why weren't these fixes baked into the last budget vote. Or, did they not know of the repairs needed. I doubt that highly. This open checkbook policy has to stop.
Its Over February 04, 2014 at 08:31 AM
Anyone on the board for the past 30 years should be sued from misuse of funding. The pictures in that flyer are proof. Nothing but criminals everyone of them
Jacqueline Rudman February 04, 2014 at 06:21 PM
What happened to the repairs and updates from the $100 million plus 2008 bond, and the bond after that to update the heating systems and Simmons energy efficiency contract? It would seem that the major overhaul of the schools, new fields science labs, boilers and other improvements from the 2 recent bonds are barely complete? It is inconceivable that 6 years after the big bond, plus 2 more capital bonds, that the schools now need another $50 plus million in work.. absent something very fishy. Vote No.
tea February 05, 2014 at 08:18 PM
They only want budgets to be voted on in the WINTER.. SRS are gone and others have to deal with working and getting home in horrible weather.. GUESS WHAT The teachers are around to VOTE and we the normal public have no rights... How much has the teachers salaries raised in the past 5 years when the rest of LONG ISLAND either has had no raises or lost their jobs... I wish I had become a teacher instead OF SAVING LIVES.. I have the same education as they do and can't make there salaries and all the SUPER SUPER PERKS and to die for pensions... RN's only save lives, when did you see a RN on the front pages of a newspaper for saving your lives... Only teacher or cops are respected..

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