State aid would have covered 80 percent of the cost, totaling $34.8 million. Out of the remaining funding, $2.5 million would have came out of the district's capital reserve fund and district taxpayers would have been left covering $6.1 million.
Cafarelli said he wasn't sure people understood the actual cost of the project, and without state aid, it will be difficult to complete. Currently it is unclear how much state aid would be available if there were another project vote in the future.
"If we have to pay the full shot for that, it is going to be really tough for taxpayers," he said. "It would have been a lot easier to have that state aid than not to have it."
He said the average home in the town is assessed at $150,000, which would have lead to a cost of $60 per household. He felt the price on residents, though some are currently burdened, wasn't an overwhelming amount to bear.
"It is a ridiculously low amount of money," said Cafarelli. "I really do understand, and I know there are a lot of people on a fixed income and they have had so many tax increases put on them."
All school projects in the past nine years have passed, he said, so he thought maybe people became complacent and decided not to come out and vote even though they supported the project.
"I think a lot of the parents of the students didn't come out to vote," said Cafarelli. "There are a lot of factors that kind of lead to the fact that positive voters didn't come out."
Leon said the voter turnout was on par with previous budget or bond votes over the past 10 years, which saw a range between 1,200 to 1,500 voters hitting the polls. Last year's budget vote had 1,323 in favor and 881 against it, she said.