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Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake district residents set to vote on bond issue

Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake district residents set to vote on bond issue

Residents of the Bunt Hills-Ballston Lake Central School District will get to decide Tuesday whether

Residents of the Bunt Hills-Ballston Lake Central School District will get to decide Tuesday whether they want to raise their property taxes by 1 percent to create technology classrooms, move district offices and make other improvements.

The $34.17 million bond issue is the largest that district voters have ever voted on and the first since 2009.

A majority of the spending, $19.85 million, goes to meet 21st century learning needs.

Voting will take place in the BH-BL High School gym from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Residents in the district have voted on bond issues every five or six years since 1978. According to the district website, all of those projects were completed within the budget approved by voters.

Through the bond issue, district officials propose moving their administrative offices from the aging Hostetter building in Glenville to the high school. As part of the shift, the high school would get a new science, technology, engineering, art and math wing.

Officials said the projects will qualify for a 77 percent state aid reimbursement, so the tax increase for a house assessed at $200,000 should be about $40 per year. The increase would be as little as $20 a year if the owner qualifies for the maximum senior citizen tax exemption.

The projects were selected by the Board of Education as the top priorities from nearly $70 million in work recommended by a committee that looked at the district’s building needs last year.

Construction on the proposed projects is expected to last about five years.

A complete presentation on the bond issue from the district is available on the Around Saratoga blog at www.dailygazette.com.

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