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