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Lansing taxpayers vote down capital project to enhance athletic facilities, update schools

Voters in the Lansing Central School District have spoken.

Two capital projects, which would have cost a little less than $26 million were voted down as 18% of registered voters turned out on Tuesday.

The first capital project item involved natural gas supply within the district. That one passed, even if just barely.

The second, and much larger project, as outlined by the Ithaca Voice, failed by a nearly two-to-one margin. The BOBCAT Project, which included upgrades to the athletic facilities, roof replacements and infrastructure updates to elementary, middle, and high schools was defeated by a count of 634-368.


The district shared the following message after the proposal was defeated:

“Though this is disappointing, as it includes much needed improvements that remain, we are happy to move forward with the NPA. We appreciate you completing the exit poll survey as this guides our decision making as we move forward. There seems to be misconceptions regarding the actual condition of our athletic facilities as well as the process of capital projects. In addition, we will provide the community with greater details regarding the financial impact of the BOBCAT Project. Prior to this capital vote, we were experiencing very low levels of engagement. We are grateful for the renewed involvement and hope you continue to remain involved as we move forward with our capital improvement planning.”

For now, the district will have to move forward with what its current facilities.



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