This coming Tuesday, March 16, between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. Port Washington taxpayers are being asked to vote on a bond referendum to repair some of the buildings in the school district. The vote is being held at the Flower Hill All-Purpose Room, which is part of the Weber Middle School. (The Feb. 12th issue of the Port News carried a story on the bond.)
Two propositions are being presented.
Proposition one, totaling $6,485,127 includes an asphalt fiberglass roof for Weber. If proposition one is passed, then voters can consider the following proposition.
Proposition two would re-roof Weber Middle School with natural slate which will last significantly longer than other materials. Weber's original roof is slate. If approved by the voters, the total amount of the bond would then become $7,639,698.
The cost to the owner of a home valued at $500,000 would be $27.50 per year for Proposition 1. Passage of the second proposition would increase the same homeowner's payment by $4.50 per year.
The work would consist of roof replacement at some schools, as some of the roofs on these buildings are between 50 and 80 years old, and beyond further repair. School board members note that this is true, also, of other physical aspects of the buildings, which this bond money would seek to address.
Details of the work are given in the Port Advances which is currently being sent to all homes in the district. Additionally, the district's website (www.portnet.k12.ny.us) also has this information available.
The board of education advises that should this bond be defeated, the cost for this work would have to be included in the annual operating budget, which could possibly reduce funds available for educational programs.
Again, the vote is Tuesday, March 16, from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the Flower Hill All-Purpose Room (located in Weber Middle School), on Campus Drive.