Please vote Sept. 18 to preserve our athletic fields

The Liberty Central School District will go to the voters in September for approval to use $250,000 from its capital reserve fund to complete work on the district’s athletic fields.

In order to use funds from the capital reserve, the district must get approval from the voters. Since the funding is already in the district’s reserve, there will be no additional impact to the taxpayers.

The district originally went to voters last year for the $560,000 anticipated to fund a multi-pronged capital project that included much-needed major improvements to the district athletic fields. After gaining voter approval, the district then went out to bid for the project but the bids were higher than the amount approved by voters.

The benefits of this plan

Using the $250,000 in reserve funds to complete this work ensures that no corners will be cut on this essential project, according to Georgia Gonzalez, school business official. The project includes replacing exterior doors at the high school, replacing two failed drain lines at the fields and adding perimeter drainage around the baseball, soccer and softball fields.

The district will receive 80 percent aid on the total project cost of $810,000, making the out-of-pocket cost $162,000. If the district cuts the scope of the original project, future repairs to the drainage projects would be unaided, leaving the full cost of those repairs to the district taxpayers.

Please vote

The vote to approve the use of the $250,000 from the capital reserve fund is set for Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018 from 12 to 9 p.m. in the Liberty High School gymnasium.

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