Posted in home improvement cast

Poughkeepsie voters to decide on $98M schools project before general election

City of Poughkeepsie residents will soon cast votes that will impact the future for themselves and their children.



a person standing in front of a brick building: Poughkeepsie Middle School on July 1, 2019.


© Patrick Oehler/Poughkeepsie Journal
Poughkeepsie Middle School on July 1, 2019.

Soon after, residents around the country will head to the polls for the general election.

The Poughkeepsie City School District is holding a bond vote on Oct. 20, two weeks before the presidential election, asking residents to approve one of two capital improvement plans, which would cost roughly $48 million or $98 million, depending on the option favored.

The propositions were originally planned to be included in the spring’s school budget votes, but the district removed them from the ballot amid the uncertainty surrounding the initial months of the COVID-19 pandemic, in which all budget votes were postponed from May to June.



a bench in front of a brick building: Dilapidated steps are pictured at Clinton Elementary School.


© Courtesy photo
Dilapidated steps are pictured at Clinton Elementary School.

Superintendent Eric Rosser acknowledged that rescheduling the proposition

Read More
Continue Reading Poughkeepsie voters to decide on $98M schools project before general election
Posted in home improvement cast

Biddeford voters to consider bond questions on Election Day

The Biddeford City Hall clock tower is one of the structures that would be eligible for repairs if a bond for upgrades to city buildings is approved Nov. 3. Journal Tribune file photo

BIDDEFORD — City voters will cast ballots on two Biddeford bond questions in the Nov. 3 election that address the condition of some of the city’s residential streets and sidewalks, continues mandated upgrades to the storm and sanitary sewers, and sets aside money to repair some city-owned buildings.

Question 1 asks voters to approve $10 million in bonds, over 20 years, for further work to separate the city’s storm and sanitary sewers and related work.

Question 2 asks voters to approve a $7.5 million bond, also over 20 years, for a myriad of projects. Within the $7.5 million total is $3.75 million for improvements to city streets and roads, sidewalks, and drainage systems, and up to $3.75

Read More
Continue Reading Biddeford voters to consider bond questions on Election Day
Posted in home remodeling

Portland Public Schools asks voters for $1.2 billion to remodel Jefferson High, expand curriculum and tech access: Election 2020 preview

When Portland Public Schools set out to pitch voters on a billion-dollar bond earlier this year, the district was doing so under very different circumstances.

Back in January, nobody in the city had heard the name George Floyd. Oregon wouldn’t see its first coronavirus case for another month. And district officials were considering how best to spend $39 million in new state tax revenue.

Months later, members of the school board’s bond committee wondered aloud whether it was wise to ask voters for hundreds of millions to renovate three high schools as the economy tanked and the district found itself drafting a scaled back budget.

Decision-makers across the state’s largest district ultimately decided to put forth a leaner proposal to rebuild Oregon’s only high school in a historically Black neighborhood, fund support programs for students in the area and pump tens of millions into curriculum, technological investments and accessibility updates

Read More
Continue Reading Portland Public Schools asks voters for $1.2 billion to remodel Jefferson High, expand curriculum and tech access: Election 2020 preview
Posted in renovation

Anna Reynolds School renovation on the ballot for Newington voters

A $33.5 million renovation project for Anna Reynolds School will be decided by Newington voters when they go to the polls or send in their absentee ballots this election season.

The referendum question asks whether to approve $33.5 million in bonding for a renovate-to-new building project at the elementary school.

Local taxpayers would be responsible for up to $17.5 million of the cost of the project. School building grants from the state would cover the remaining cost. The town council voted unanimously to have the question added to the ballot.

If approved by voters, construction would begin in the summer of 2021 and be completed by December 2022. Students would attend the school during construction.

District officials and parents have been seeking upgrades to the school for several years as its condition has continued to deteriorate.

Built in 1954 and originally known as Northwest Elementary School, the 65,000-square-foot building

Read More
Continue Reading Anna Reynolds School renovation on the ballot for Newington voters
Posted in home improvement cast

Never mind my Dad, Donald Trump Jr. tells Georgia voters. Cast an absentee ballot

In an interview on WSB Radio this morning, host Scott Slade asked Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger what he thought of the Carter Center’s announcement that it would monitor the Nov. 3 election for fairness – its first observation mission inside the borders of the U.S.

Raffensperger, the state’s top election official, didn’t say he approved – but he didn’t disapprove, either:

“Our office has been reaching out to nonprofit groups such as the Carter Center. We’ve been working with the King Center, the bishop of the AME church — he wants to volunteer his churches as polling locations…

“We always welcome people that want to be part of the positive, constructive solution, making sure that it’s easy to vote In Georgia, that we have the appropriate safeguards. Because we understand we’re going to have a big turnout this year. Both sides are watching this, even folks down the middle.”

Read More
Continue Reading Never mind my Dad, Donald Trump Jr. tells Georgia voters. Cast an absentee ballot