CRARYVILLE – On Tuesday, May 15, voters in the Taconic Hills Central School District will vote on a proposed budget of $38,739,392 for the 2018-2019 school year. Voters will also have the opportunity to select candidates for school board. David Baylen, Joseph Costa and Theresa “Terry” Sullivan will be on the ballot running for two available seats on the Board of Education.
Voters in the Taconic Hills School District will also decide on two Capital Project Propositions. Proposition 3 includes alterations to the existing buildings and grounds as well as a new greenhouse addition. Alterations include concentrating on safety, accessibility concerns at paved areas and sports fields, addressing equipment and building materials at the end of their useful life, reconstructing tennis courts, and adding air conditioning to teaching spaces. Proposition 3 has a proposed overall cost of $11,542,917. Through a combined use of state building aid, retiring debt service, capital reserve funds, cash reserve funds, and bond financing, this portion of the project would come with no tax increase.
Proposition 4, a contingent capital project, includes the development of district property for use as athletic fields. The north sports complex would include an unlighted synthetic turf, multi-sport field and a new synthetic baseball field. These fields will be developed on land donated to the school district for athletic purposes and has an overall cost of $6,652,315. When combined with the cost of the main capital project the average annual cost to taxpayers is estimated at $11 per $100,000 of assessed property value, based on current market conditions, for 15 years.
Voting will take place on Tuesday from noon to 9 p.m. in the Veterans Community Room.
More information about the budget vote, capital projects and school board candidates can be found on our school website at https://www.taconichills.k12.ny.us/