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Third Time's A Charm For Irvington Bond Proposal As Voters Say 'Yes'

Irvington was plastered with signs for and against the bond leading up to the Oct. 7 vote
Irvington was plastered with signs for and against the bond leading up to the Oct. 7 vote Photo Credit: Dina Grace Zoe Sciortino

IRVINGTON, N.Y. -- After defeating two previous bond proposals for artificial turf, Irvington taxpayers voted “yes” Tuesday on a $4.6-million bond to renovate its fields and facilities

The bond passed by only 150 votes, with 1,095 voting yes and 945 voting no.

"We thank all those who voted in our referendum Tuesday," said Irvington Superintendent of Schools Kris Harrison. “We are pleased that voters approved the project and look forward to the process of design development, approval, and construction.”

The bond would add an additional $28 to the annual school tax bill for the average home valued at $700,000, for 15 years starting in the 2015-16 school year. The project could be eligible for state aid, which would reduce the cost to taxpayers.

The bond would fund upgrades and renovations to the Dows Lane Elementary and Main Street School, as well as Oley Track, East Field and Meszaros Field.

A point of contention during the bond process was over having an artificial turf field installed at Meszaros Field, a factor that contributed to two prior bonds being voted down in 2006 and 2008.

The turf field approved in Tuesday’s bond will include organic infill made from cork, coconut fiber or risk husk.

Click here for more information in a previous Daily Voice article.

All projects are expected to start in the summer and should be completed within a year. The district plans to provide the community with regular updates throughout this process.

“We are eager to see the many proposed improvements to our facilities and infrastructure that will provide enhanced environments for our students, staff and community,” said Harrison. “Additionally, many projects will introduce opportunities for energy conservation that will help to preserve funding for student programs.”

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