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Residents of Durham and Middlefield will be asked to vote on Regional School District 13 Board of Education’s 2019-20 budget proposal and capital plan, during referendum on Tuesday, May 7.
The Board of Education’s proposed fiscal year 2019-20 budget totals $36,819,319 and its capital improvement plan comes to $6.9 million.
Board chairman Bob Moore said he is very confident in the proposed plans, especially considering the uniqueness of such a large reduction in expenditures.
“When you look around at what other board of educations are asking for … there's not many towns that have proposed a 2.5 percent reduction in budget,” Moore said.
He said it’s important for residents to realize the proposed budget already includes funding for the $6.9 million capital plan’s debt service, so voting in approval of the bonding will not affect or increase the budget.
If the capital plan fails the vote, Moore said the board will have to reorganize and propose a new plan for referendum likely in November.
“If it doesn't pass, then these projects won't move forward,” Moore said. “These are projects that are needed … it's not a new building, it's fixing stuff.”
The capital plan includes funds for projects like turf replacement, track maintencne, classroom furniture replacements and upgrades, and Pickett Lane culvert and road resurfacing.
A district meeting will be held the day before, at 8 p.m. in the Julian Thayer Auditorium at Coginchaug Regional High School, and provide an overview on the proposals.
Voting will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. at each voting center on Tuesday. The Francis E. Korn Elementary School building, 144 Pickett Ln., will be open for Durham voters. Middlefield voters will vote at the Middlefield Community Center, 405 Main St.
Copies of the proposed budget will be mailed to every postal patron in Durham and Middlefield. For a sample ballot and explanatory text on the bond question, visit townofdurhamct.org.
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