Potential multi-million dollar renovations for Maine-Endwell schools

By Alicia Nieves

August 27, 2014 Updated Aug 28, 2014 at 2:04 PM EST

Town of Union, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The Maine-Endwell school district is asking its voters to approve a $16.8 million Capital Improvement Project, to help elementary schools in the district.

A little more than 81%, or close to $14 million, of that is expected to come from state aid.

The local taxpayer share will be less than 20%, or just more than $3 million.

If approved, annual property taxes would increase to help pay for the taxpayer's share; the increase depends on home value.

For example, residents with a home valued at $60,000 would see an increase property tax of about $29, while residents with a home valued at $200,000 would see a annual increase of about $100.

The district's superintendent said the bulk of this proposed budget will go to Homer Brink Elementary and Maine Memorial to address urgent needs and repairs there.

"There's a very good reason for asking and needing this to be done now. Prolonging it will simply cost more money," said Jason Van Fossen, Maine-Endwell's superintendent. "However, we are cognizant that $16.8 million is a large sum and people have to approve it."

The district is asking voters to come out and vote on this budget on
September 16 at two locations.

Maine-Endwell school district residents who live in the town of Maine, Nanticoke, Newark Valley and Owego can vote at Maine Memorial.

Maine-Endwell school district residents who live in the town of Union can vote at the district office.

Three public hearings will be held before the vote.

An online chat will be held on September 10 on the district's website, between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Homer Brink will host a hearing on September 11 at 6 p.m. Maine Memorial will hold one on September 16 at noon.

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