Voters overwhelmingly approved Liverpool’s new stadium Thursday, authorizing the district to dip into its capital reserve fund and use state aid for the $5.8 million project.
The referendum passed by a vote of 3,684 to 1,474; 82 absentee ballots remain uncounted.
This is the third time the measure has come before the voters. In February and June of 2008, voters rejected a $6.3 million proposal that included a new turf field, track, bleachers, press box, concession stands, restrooms and storage space. The proposal voters approved only included the turf and underpinnings, bleachers and track.
Because it is entirely funded by state building aid and money the district had set aside in a turf replacement fund and its capital reserve fund, the project will have no tax impact.
The stadium has been closed for games since September of 2007. The track has not been usable since 2006.
For the full story, including an anticipated timeline for the repairs, see the March 4 edition of the Liverpool Review.
Sarah Hall is the editor of the Eagle Star-Review and the Baldwinsville Messenger. The 2012 winner of the Syracuse Press Club’s Selwyn Kershaw Professional Standards Award, she has been with Eagle Newspapers since 2006. She is a Liverpool native.