Voters approve capital project

By Amy Khuu

Credit: MGN Stills

Voters approve capital project

March 18, 2014 Updated Mar 18, 2014 at 12:05 AM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) Residents in the Binghamton City School district Monday overwhelmingly supported plans for a $12 million capital improvement program that will mean changes at 10 buildings.

Voters approved the two-year plan 417-97.

The project will make improvements to 10 schools in the district, including new roofs, drainage systems and updating security.

The $12 million cost includes $900,000 that's coming from the district's reserve fund. The rest will come from the State.

The voter turnout was less than expected, according to Assistant Superintendent Karry Mullins.

She says usually Binghamton City School District expect 4-percent turnout, but Monday, just 2 percent of the voters showed up.

"Because there will be no tax increase with this project, typically less people come out to vote," said Mullins.

The project passed with a 77 percent approval.

"I believe that it shows we have a very supportive community that understands that we need to maintain our buildings," said Mullins, "and there also interested in moving forward in improving the security to our buildings."

Mullins said plans are to begin security upgrades by December 2014 and the maintenance projects in the summer of 2015.

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