MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Mahopac School District voters went to the polls on Tuesday (May 21) and overwhelmingly approved the 2019-20 budget and a $53.9 million tax-neutral capital improvement bond that will provide renovations and upgrades throughout the district.
In an uncontested race, voters also elected four trustees to serve on the school board.
The budget, a $122.6 million spending package, calls for a 1.71 hike in the tax rate and remains under the state-imposed tax levy cap.
Under the approved budget, a home valued at $300,000 would see a tax increase of $117 for the year; a $400,000 home would see a $156 jump, and a $500,000 house would rise by $195.
The budget actually saw expenditures decline by $670,868 compared with the 2018-19 budget, school officials said.
Voters also easily green-lighted a capital improvement project bond by a 1,137 to 635 margin. The bond proposal calls for an investment of $53,960,096 over the next several years. Having older debt paid off this year created an opportunity to undertake the project without any direct school tax impact, school officials said.
The approved bond measure will allow the district to:
• Create a campus-like setting with the middle school, high school and Mahopac Falls school that can be used by community members, as well as the student base.
• Improve safety and security with enhanced security vestibules and building access controls;
• Modernize learning environments, including science and engineering labs, music instruction/practice rooms and media centers;
• Upgrade HVAC, roofs and lighting to make them more efficient
• Improve athletic facilities such as the multipurpose turf field and locker rooms;
• Build a new water-treatment plant that will serve the high school, middle school and Mahopac Falls School, as well as the transportation garage.
In the race for school board, four candidates sought four seats. The only drama was who would fill out the remaining term (two years) of trustee Penny Swift, who resigned last year. That will be Lucy Massafra, an incumbent, who finish last in the voting. The other three candidates will serve three-year terms.
The final voting tally for the candidates was:
Adam Savino 1,294
Ray McDonough 1,230
Mike Mongon 1,212
Lucy Massafra 1,158
Voters also approved a $1.1 million bond to purchase new school buses and vehicles.
"This is a good day for Mahopac,” said Superintendent Anthony DiCarlo. “I am so thankful to all who came out to vote in support of our students. The voter approval instills we have a supportive community that values education. I look forward to what the capital project plan can do for the schools and the entire community."