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A tax-free proposition for an athletic field at Albany High School

Proposition #2

The exact language that will appear on the May 19 ballot regarding Proposition #2 follows below. Please note that while school districts are required to obtain voter approval on language that authorizes both the authority to borrow the funds and to issue a tax levy for capital projects such as this, the full cost of this project will be covered without any additional tax impact on residents or businesses. This will be achieved by matching funds from the district's Fund Balance (savings) with state aid.

 

Shall the bond resolution adopted by Board of Education authorizing the minor renovation of Albany High School, construction of, and improvements to, various District athletic fields, including site work, and the acquisition of furnishings, equipment, machinery or apparatus, at a maximum aggregate cost of $2,484,0000, expenditure of $841,360 of unassigned fund balance and providing that $1,642,640 (and the interest thereon) be raised by a tax levy to be collected in annual installments, with District obligations to be issued in anticipation thereof, be approved?

 

In addition to the 2015-16 budget proposal, voters will be asked May 19 to consider two separate facilities projects that would be completed with no additional tax impact on residents or businesses.

 

Proposition #2 will ask voters to approve the construction of a new turf athletic field at Albany High School, as well as drainage and parking improvements to the school's rear athletic fields. The total cost for this project would be about $2.5 million, with the district allocating $841,360 from its fund balance and state aid accounting for the rest. Click here for a list of estimated costs for the project.

 

If approved, the turf field would allow Albany High to host varsity games in football, soccer and lacrosse on campus for the first time in the city's history -- either at the current location or the two previous locations that preceded construction of the Washington Avenue campus in the early 1970s.

 

The project would include a new turf field on the location of Albany High's current grass field adjacent to the Washington Avenue parking lot. The field would allow all of Albany High's varsity football, soccer and lacrosse teams to play their games at school regularly, rather than at fields in other parts of the community such as Bleecker Stadium and The College of St. Rose Plumeri Sports Complex at Hoffman Park.

 

The current field inside Albany High's track is not large enough to accommodate varsity competition in those sports. In addition to varsity teams in football and boys' and girls' soccer, the school anticipates adding varsity boys' and girls' lacrosse teams beginning in the spring of 2016. The district currently offers modified (grades 7-8) and JV lacrosse for boys and girls.

 

The turf athletic field also would provide greater flexibility for scheduling Albany High physical-education classes, as well as access to the community. Access to the current grass field is limited to protect the condition of the field for Albany High teams to practice on, and for JV competition.

 

Follow the link below for information about the second ballot proposition voters will consider May 19:

  • Proposition #3 will ask the public to authorize facilities work at 14 buildings district-wide at a total cost of $13.9 million. As with Proposition #2, all of this work would be done with no additional tax impact on residents or businesses.

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