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BH-BL passes one proposition, fails two

Residents of Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake approved only one of three propositions voted on at the district's Renovations Referendum on Wednesday, Dec. 9. The roughly $12.5 million approved Energy Bond Issue Proposition, which passed 613 to 450, will implement various energy efficient renovations at several district schools.

The defeated propositions were relatively closea $3.9 million Student Safety Bond Issue Proposition, 526 to 537, and a $3.1 million Technology Bond Issue Proposition, 504 to 558but residents seemed to be hesitant to designate such large sums of money to those projects at this time, according to BH-BL Central Schools Communications Specialist Christy Multer.

"I think the economy is just something people are really worried about these days and we certainly understand that," said Multer.

Multer said that the proposition that did pass will go far in making the district's buildings more energy efficient and will reduce energy costs in the long run; there are three main projects and several smaller ones.

The largest is a roughly $4.1 million project that would replace part of the roofing at each of the five schools"11 acres of roof total. Multer said this is a maintenance project that must be undertaken at least every 20 to 30 years and is quite necessary.

"Roofing only lasts for so long in our climate so we have to anticipate replacing. We will replace the oldest and more deteriorated portions," said Multer, who added that the district does some type of roofing work every five to six years to keep them in shape. "The whole hope is to get ahead of any problems because once a roof actually starts to leak and you get water inside the roof, there can be much more damage at greater expense. Just like smart homeowner don't let problems or deterioration get to the point where costs are higher, we want to avoid higher costs down the road."

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