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Bellmore-Merrick Central District residents to vote on $49.89M bond on Dec. 2
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Central District residents are set to vote on a $49.89 million capital bond on Dec. 2. Above, the Mepham High School art room, which would be among the facilities that are restored if the bond passes a public vote.

Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District residents will head to the polls on Monday, Dec. 2, to vote on a proposed $49.89 million bond to repair and restore the district’s five schools — Grand Avenue and Merrick Avenue middle schools, and Calhoun, Kennedy and Mepham high schools.

A little more than half of the bond amount — $26.89 million — would be returned to the school district in state building aid, which Bellmore-Merrick would receive over the bond’s 15-year life.

If passed, the bond would cost local taxpayers $104 per year, or $8.67 per month. Work could begin next summer, if all goes as planned, and most of the renovations would be done over the next three summers.

The bond proposal, prepared by BBS Architects, Landscape Architects and Engineers of Patchogue, includes $6.5 million for new artificial-turf athletic fields, $6 million for new bathrooms and $5 million for new science laboratories at all five schools, as well as monies for renovated music, art, faculty and guidance rooms, refinished gym floors, kitchen ceiling and lighting replacement, removal of vinyl asbestos titles, masonry work, new doors where needed, and air-conditioning units in all classrooms and auditoriums.

Voting locations and hours are:

• In Bellmore, Shore Road Elementary School, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

• In Merrick, Norman J. Levy-Lakeside Elementary School, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

• In North Bellmore, Newbridge Road Elementary School, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

• In North Merrick, Harold D. Fayette Elementary School, 2 to 10 p.m.

For more, check out the Herald Life’s complete coverage at liherald.com/merrick or bellmore.


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I love how they always state it will only be such and such dollars per year or per month to make it sound so little. Then again my school taxes have gone up every year since I bought my house back in 1987. Never stops and never will. Would be nice to see one year when I actually see no increase. Lol Dream on ! !

Wednesday, November 27, 2013 | Report this

The interior improvements cost $18M. Why are they asking for nearly $50M? Yes, the state will pay for 53%. The state has over 20M people. I would guess Bellmore/Merrick has less than 75,000 people. Did you know there are only 6,000 students in the district according to Wikipedia. I received something in the mail stating that all of these improvements will save nearly $2M a year in operating costs. Sounds great. If they are talking about a 15-18 year bond, then shouldn't this pay for itself? I understand you still have to pay upfront, but shouldn't that mean the district doesn't need to raise their budget by 3-6% for the next 15-18 years. Why hasn't anyone committed to that? It is because they plan on taking the savings and spending it somewhere else.. Other places in the country do not pay $10,000 a year in taxes on a $400,000 home. The schools are just as good. I am voting no.

Thursday, November 28, 2013 | Report this

Does anyone stop to think that we currently pay some of the highest taxes in the United States, all by paying police and teachers ridicules wages? When does it end? While I totally understand improvements need to be made, I also understand the superintendent makes $300,000+ a year! and the system is beyond flawed. Let these people cut their salaries and be more fiscally responsible before raising a tax bracket that is already out of control. Not to mention, capital improvements ALWAYS RUN 25% OVER BUDGET. Once they start spending, and they find more and more infrastructure issues that need "immediate" attention, where does that $ come from?

I will be voting 100% NO as is all the people on my block.

Monday, December 2, 2013 | Report this
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