Skaneateles voters pass $36.5 million capital project

If approved, project will improve aging infrastructure

SKANEATELES, NY (WSYR-TV) - Neighbors in Skaneateles voted to pass $36.5 million capital project in the Skaneateles Central School District.

"Project 2021" aims to fix up aging infrastructure-- some dating back to the 1950s-- in five of the school district's buildings, including thousands of windows.

According to Superintendent Ken Slentz, 785 votes were cast with 638 voting in favor and 147 against-- roughly 81 percent voted to pass it. 

"All of them are leaking air, leaking water, rotting in different construction points. Two of our buildings, when the wind blows in a particular direction, not only does the wind come through, the snow comes through as well," Slentz.

The district expects $22 million of the project to be covered by state aid and then an additional $2 million will come from other funds. Leaving about $12.5 million to be covered by tax payers over the course of 18 years.

But Superintendent Slentz says Skaneateles neighbors will not have to pay any more on their taxes, should the project be approved. He says the district's current mortgage will be up in 2018, so the money taxpayers pay towards that will go towards the upgrades.

"The math on that allows us to keep our payments exactly where they are, so we don't need additional tax support for this project to go through those 18 years," said Slentz.

The project would be in two phases, starting in 2018 and ending in 2021.

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