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B'ville: Residents reject propositions

Residents rejected both proposition one and two in the Oct. 23 vote.

Proposition one was a $30 million dollar capital project proposed by the Baldwinsville Central School District that would fund repairs and expansion construction on the district's properties including the eight school buildings. Proposition two was a $7.5 million dollar proposed capital project to improve the athletic fields, which included installing artificial turf on some of the athletic fields on the main campus.

Assistant Superintendent Michael Shusda said there are items in the propositions that need to be addressed soon and that he expects the board of education to review their options regarding the rejected propositions at the Nov. 5 board meeting.

Proposition one was defeated with 1,231 no votes compared to 1,091 yes votes. Proposition two was defeated with 1,068 no votes compared to 724 yes votes. However, the number of no votes cast for proposition two is not accurate. According to Shusda, one of the four voting machines used in the vote did not register any of the no votes for proposition two. It did register all the yes votes for proposition one and two and the all of the no votes for proposition one.

Shusda said the district rented six voting machines for the vote, five of which were prepared for last Tuesday's vote. Of those five, four were used and one was held for standby. The sixth machine was rented in the event other machines broke down.

Some residents noted that once in the voting machines, it was difficult to find and read the choices that were located in the upper left-hand corner of the selection board.

"I could hardly see the yes and no," said resident Ted Beck, adding that news of the faulty machine left him with a bad taste in his mouth.

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