Monday, November 19, 2012

PCS Capital Project: Yes or No?

The voters in the PCSD are being asked to approve an $18 million capital project. There are many reasons why the public should consider supporting this project:

  •  What needs to be fixed? The infrastructure needs significant improvement: roofing, window replacement, lighting update, fire alarm system, and much more.
  • How will the project be paid for?
  1. Because the PCSD is not wealthy, NYS will pay for 86% of the project.
  2. The local taxpayers will have to cover 14% of the project or $2.5 million.This $2.5M will be covered by using $885,000 that the district saved to fund capital projects. The remainder will be covered by monies that are currently going to pay other debts. These debts will end just as the new debt will begin.
  •  How will this affect taxes? There will be no additional tax impact (because one debt will be      replaced with another). Some will argue that their taxes would go down if debts ended and no new debts were incurred. While this is true, the work is needed. There are no "wants" in the project...just "needs."
  • INTERVIEW*: The superintendent explains the project in a brief and informative interview...see:
  • TOUR: Nov. 26th  Lawrence  Ave. Elementary 6 PM...Tour the buildings and see what needs to be renovated or replaced.
  • PUBLIC MEETING: Dec. 3rd  HS Library 7 PM...Discuss the project with the BOE and Supt.
  • VOTE: On 12/12/12 the public can vote on the project from 6 AM to 9 PM in the high school auditorium.
* The interview was made possible by North Country Matters, the local video news magazine produced by WCKN under the direction of Dan Dullea of the Center for Excellence in Communication at Clarkson University and by Donna Seymour from the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and Kathleen Stein from the League of Women Voters (LWV).

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