Tuckahoe voters overwhelmingly approved a near $10 million capital bond referendum that will “address the district’s most basic needs for additional classrooms, safety and security upgrades, and high priority infrastructure repairs.”
With a tally of 836 “yes” votes against just 348 “no” votes, the community approved the $9,987,000 capital bond project that includes the addition of a second story at William E. Cottle Elementary School, construction of a new security vestibule at Cottle and a turf field replacement and communication system replacement at the school.
The bond is expected to cost homeowners with an assessed value of $8,500 would be $254 annually; however, due to the retirement of existing debt, the impact is expected to be closer to $60 for year one and two before becoming cost neutral.
"The approval of this bond by a 70 percent margin is a true testament of the Tuckahoe community's support for public education and its commitment to our students, staff and schools," Tuckahoe Schools Superintendent Carl Albano, Jr. said in a statement. "We thank you for placing your trust in us. The passage of this bond vote will enable the district to add much-needed classroom space, enhance school security, and address infrastructure needs.
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