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Rotterdam bond vote set for Tuesday

Rotterdam residents will have an opportunity to vote for building upgrades in each school district on Tuesday, Oct. 16.

Both the Mohonasen and Schalmont School Districts are proposing capital projects this year that would improve buildings and infrastructure at no cost or low cost to the taxpayer.

The Mohonasen School District is proposing a $21.8 million project that will be financed by state building aid that the district has been receiving for the past several years and from the state's EXCEL program. The proposed projects at Mohonasen would be at no local cost to the taxpayers.

Schalmont is proposing a .2 percent increase on the tax levy with its $9.7 million renovation project. Administrators said the increase is low thanks to the $676,811 the district received from the state's EXCEL program.

The state gives money through its EXCEL program to school districts that want to either expand physical capacity, upgrade technology, improve energy efficiency, improve health and safety or improve accessibility.

Mohonasen Assistant Superintendent for Business Denise Swezey said Mohonasen's project calls for $14 million worth of infrastructure projects such as new boilers and roofs. If the referendum were to be defeated this time these project would have to be done eventually and taxpayers would have to pay for them.

This is such a good opportunity to go forward seeing as it is at no cost, Swezey said. "If we don't do this now, it will be at a later time and will cost the taxpayer because the district will have to do these types of things."

Projects at Mohonasen are being proposed for each of the district's four buildings. In all four buildings plans call for security upgrades and the replacement of old windows, carpets, coat closets, doors, lights, blackboards and technology upgrades.

At Bradt Primary School, projects include the replacement of the 1950's-era hot water tank with a more energy efficient one.

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