Readers voice opinions on capital project, village issues

Letters to the editor from June 5 issue

How will this bond issue add to your current tax bill? Take your current assessment, divide by 1,000 and multiply by 0.96 for the next five years. In 2017-18 the multiplier will increase to 1.47 for 2017-18, and to 1.54 for the next two years. How much will this three-year spike in taxes cost you? Just do the math. For example, if your assessed valuation is $900,000, you will pay $1,323 to 1,395 a year additional taxes in debt service for this bond during this three-year spike.

As enrollment declines, should we be building new facilities such as the middle school gym? Should we be approving a budget and bond debt for over $50 million in the space of three weeks? Vote at Waterman School from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, June 11.

Thomas D. Maher, MD

Kathleen Maher


Vote in favor of the school district building referendum

To the editor:

As a graduate of the Skaneateles school system, the parent of a child in the school district and a resident of Skaneateles for 39 years, I urge voters to vote in favor of the building referendum that is coming up for vote on June 11.

This project is about maintenance, safety and efficiency. This project is not about luxury or unnecessary expenses. The high school building infrastructure is 60 years old, and the middle school infrastructure is 50 years old. Anyone who has lived in an aging apartment or home knows that regular maintenance is necessary. Some of the maintenance items desperately needed at the school include roof repair, boiler and circulating water system replacement and masonry repair. Another item on the building referendum is to replace the middle school gym, which has a number of problems including the fact that it is sinking and does not have an accessible public entrance. Replacing the gym with a larger facility will not only make the area safe for students, staff, parents and visitors, but will create a safe observation space with bleachers and provide a welcoming environment for community groups who already utilize this space.

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