Vote "Yes" on Dec 4 for Ballot Question 1 - Nixon Roof Project
At the Special Town Meeting on September 24, 2012, the Town of Sudbury voted in favor of the Nixon School Roof Replacement/Repair Project that will replace the older portion of the roof (which is more than 20 years old) and make necessary repairs to the newer portion. Prior to the Special Town Meeting, this project was prioritized by the Permanent Building Committee and the Facilities Director for the Town of Sudbury and Sudbury Public Schools as necessary to ensure the continued viability of the building. It was also supported unanimously by the Board of Selectmen and the Sudbury School Committee. The project will be partially funded by the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) through its Accelerated Repair Program. The purpose of this cost-sharing program is to extend the useful life of the Nixon Elementary School building and preserve an asset that is otherwise structurally and educationally sound. On November 14, 2012, the MSBA Board granted approval for this project and has committed to reimbursing Sudbury up to 36.89% of eligible approved costs of the project.
To complete the final step in the approval process, the Town of Sudbury must vote on December 4, 2012 at the Special Town Election in favor of Ballot Question 1, which asks voters to approve a debt exclusion to fund the total cost of the project less the amount reimbursed by the MSBA. A debt exclusion is a temporary increase in the tax levy that allows the Town to fund a project outside of the Proposition 2 ½ levy limit. Typically, debt exclusions are used for town and school building projects.
The total appropriation for the project approved at Town Meeting was $808,000. This includes $788,000 for the roof project plus $20,000 for bonding costs. The amount that will be funded through the debt exclusion will be this total cost less the amount funded by the MSBA. At present, it is expected that the net project cost to Sudbury will be approximately $498,000 (excluding bonding costs) with a maximum reimbursement from the MSBA of approximately $290,000.
This is a rare opportunity to maintain one of Sudbury’s assets while saving taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars through the MSBA grant. Furthermore, the roof insulation, in the portion of the roof that will be replaced, will meet the newly-adopted stretch energy code, thus reducing heating costs. With Town approval of the project, work on the roof will be scheduled for the Summer of 2013.
Please don’t hesitate to contact the Sudbury School Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or concerns. Your vote in support of Ballot Question 1 at the December 4 Special Town Election is an essential part of the approval process and is required in order to receive MSBA funding.
Vice Chair, Sudbury School Committee
Liaison to the Permanent Building Committee