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Croton-Harmon Board Anticipates Adopting Bond Resolution With No Tax Impact

A proposed bond resolution will include work at Carrie E. Tomkins Elementary School in Croton-On-Hudson.
A proposed bond resolution will include work at Carrie E. Tomkins Elementary School in Croton-On-Hudson. Photo Credit: http://www.croton-harmonschools.org/

CROTON-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. -- The Croton-Harmon Board of Education expects to adopt a bond resolution at its upcoming meeting that will have no tax impact, according to an announcement.

The proposed work will address infrastructure needs but not raise taxes, the release said.

The board expects to adopt a resolution at its July 13 meeting that will call for moving forward with plans for a community vote on a districtwide facilities capital project in mid-October, according to the release.

If district voters approve the funding proposition, all three schools, as well as the district office and transportation facility, within the district would see necessary building improvements.

The plan includes upgrades to heating, ventilation, air-condition systems, exterior window/wall replacement at Carrie E. Tompkins School, creation of 21st-century learning spaces, security measures, parking lots and pathways, septic system and other infrastructure needs, the release said.

The anticipated scope of the work will not exceed $20,820,000.

If voters approve the proposition, "there will be no additional tax impact on residents," said the announcement.

This is because the district has existing debt that is retiring. The new debt associated with the proposed bond referendum will essentially “replace” this old debt, resulting in no additional impact on residents.

“On behalf of the administration, I would like to thank the Board of Education and the community for engaging in discussions over the last year as we worked with KSQ Architects to develop our five-year capital facilities plan,” said Superintendent of Schools Edward R. Fuhrman Jr.

“Not only will our students, staff and the greater community benefit from these improvements, but we are able to complete the work without affecting our taxpayers.”

For more information about the scope of the proposal, as well as a detailed five-year capital facilities plan, visit the district’s website, www.chufsd.org.

The school district will send out information regarding the proposed plan to residents in the early fall, the release said.

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