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Marcus Whitman putting $29 million capital proposal to voters

Qualified voters in the Marcus Whitman Central School District (Gorham-Middlesex CSD) are being asked to vote Dec. 13 on a referendum for $29 million worth of improvements to buildings and grounds throughout the district.

Most of the money is expected to come through state aid, which has yet to be approved. District Superintendent Jeramy Clingerman, in an October letter to the community, included in the Capital Improvement Project brochure, said $2.3 million is available in reserves to put toward the project.

He said 92.5 percent — or $26.8 million — of the project is eligible for state aid at a rate of 71.8 percent — or $19.3 million, providing the state approves the plan. That leaves $7.4 million for taxpayers to fund. Clingerman said that amounts to approximately $72 per $100,000 of assessed taxable value, spread over 15 years, beginning in 2022 or 2023 when the project is expected to be completed.

Business Official Zoe Kolczynski said the figures are based on estimates available right now.

“It is an investment by the taxpayers,” she said. “I believe it is a positive investment for the district.”

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