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Fonda-Fultonville district voters heading to the polls in November

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - Updated: 10:22 AM

By NICOLE ANTONUCCI

Recorder News Staff

FONDA -- A $19.4 million bond proposal will go before Fonda-Fultonville Central School District voters Nov. 20.

The date, which was approved by the board of education at Monday's meeting, allows district officials to put together the proposal and make any changes, Superintendent Raymond Colucciello said.

"The board needs time to get together and talk about it," he said. "They were also worried about the weather if it went out too late."

This is the second capital project proposal being pitched by district officials after the first proposal, which totaled $19.8 million, didn't receive the needed super-majority vote on May 20.

While the proposal is being reduced by $400,000, no projects have been cut from the original and the district will only need a 50 percent approval.

Treasurer Carey Shultz previously said there was a shift in the calculation of the district's debt limit, increasing the amount the district can borrow. Therefore, the board can propose a $19.7 million project with a completion date of 2018, and it would only need a simple majority.

However, to be "conservative," the board agreed to consider a $19.4 million project.

In addition, the architect has agreed to cut some of its costs, Shultz said.

At the board meeting on Aug. 12, Ben Maslona of Fiscal Advisors and Marketing said if the bond is approved by the voters, the next step would be a six-month period to complete the design, which would then be submitted to the state. If approved, it would then go out to bid. Construction would start by 2016, he said.

The board was originally looking at September, but Colucciello said there must be a 45-day public notice period.

"If it is too early there is enough time to prep for it," he said.

The board still has to decide whether there will be two propositions on the ballot, as originally discussed. One proposition would be the main project and the other would just be for the athletic field.

     

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