North Syracuse district plans bus purchase

North Syracuse Central School District residents will vote Tuesday, June 21 on a district proposal to buy twelve school buses.

Ten of the buses are standard-size models that carry 65 students and will, according to the proposal, cost no more than $105, 690. The district also intends to buy two smaller buses: a smaller 39-student vehicle with one to three wheelchair areas and air conditioning, at $118,071; and a 48-student vehicle with no wheelchair areas and air conditioning, at $105,487.

The district intends to spend no more than $1,280,458 for the 12 buses, and will raise the money through a five-year tax of 41 cents per $100,000 of property value.

These new buses will replace twelve buses in need of repair-and four of those buses will not pass inspection for the 2011-2012 school year. According to the district, buying the buses will save $66,871, and allows the district to retire a mechanic worth $80,507 per year.

And instead of paying almost $85,000 every year just for parts to repair the existing buses, the district will pay $2,520 per year to maintain the new buses.

The district will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. June 14 at the Administrative Office Building, 5355 West Taft Road.

Additional district voting information:

Polling Places for this vote are the same as with other district votes: For residents living north of Route 481: Cicero Elementary School - Route 31 in Cicero, NY 13039. For residents living south of Route 481: Administrative Office Building - 5355 West Taft Road in North Syracuse, NY 13212.

If you are not registered to vote with the county or district, you must pre-register. The special evening registration period is June 14, from 4 to 8 p.m. The registration will be held at Cicero Elementary School and the administrative office building. Additionally, you may register at the district offices until June 16, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mail-in registrations will not be accepted.

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