Poughkeepsie voters to head to polls Tuesday to decide 2 school infrastructure propositions

Polls will be open for eligible Poughkeepsie voters from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday.

News 12 Staff

Oct 19, 2020, 9:42 PM

Updated 1,369 days ago

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Voters in Poughkeepsie will be heading to the polls Tuesday to decide two propositions regarding school infrastructure.
Proposition 1 for $48 million focuses primarily on security and infrastructure improvements.
Proposition 2 at $98 million includes major overhauls to the schools and instructional programs, including a complete renovation of Warring Elementary.
If a home values at $100,000, it would cost the homeowner, on average, up to $24 extra per year for Proposition 1 and up to $88 a year for Proposition 2 - and that's if they're not Star-exempt.
Star taxpayers would pay less.
Superintendent Dr. Eric Rosser informed the public of the project's importance.
"What we're looking to do here in the city of Poughkeepsie is to make sure we are providing our community with strong schools so that we can continue to flourish," he says.
The community would have to be on board to shell out more money every year until the project is done.
Polls will be open for eligible Poughkeepsie voters from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Proposition 1

This proposition focuses primarily on security and infrastructure improvements. Under this proposal, new security entrances, roof restorations or replacements lavatory, renovations, and upgrades/replacement of HVAC units and the installation of school marquees, would be a part of this project.
Additional work, specific to each building, would be done as indicated in the full capital project plan. Some examples include replacement of old or non-working boilers, select doors, and lighting fixtures.
Total Cost: $48,250,000
State Contribution: 91.2% of aidable portions of the project.
Percent of Project that Qualifies for Aid: 95%
Tax impact: 33 cents per month ($4 a yr.) on a home with a full value of $100,000 for Senior/STAR; $1.25/mo. with STAR ($15 a yr.) and $2 without STAR ($24 a yr.)

Proposition 2

This proposition includes major overhauls to the schools and instructional programs. It would allow PCSD to address many more infrastructure issues and develop comprehensive educational pathways for each school. Included in this proposition is a complete renovation of Warring Elementary School and the cafeteria at Poughkeepsie Middle School.
Additional work would be done to each district building as identified in the full capital project plan.
This proposition requires a supermajority vote and includes everything in Proposition 1.
Total cost: $98,791,306 (Proposition 1 + $50,541,306 for all schools)
State Contribution: 91.2% of aidable portions of the project
Percent of Project that Qualifies for Aid: 70%
Tax impact: $1.33 per month ($16 a yr.) on a home with a full value of $100,000 for Senior/STAR; $4.67/mo. with STAR ($56 a yr.) and $7.33/mo. without STAR ($88 a yr.)


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