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Posted on: October 29, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Remember to vote on ballot propositions (turn over to vote on amendments to state constitution)

the ballot has two sides -don't forget to flip over
Early voting at town hall today from 10-6

Today (Sunday) is the second day of early voting.  From 10 AM to 6 PM at Greenburgh Town Hall.

 Remember, there are two ballot propositions on the ballot. Flip the ballot and vote on the amendment questions that require voter approval.  I think the Board of Elections should change the law going forward -ballot propositions should be on the same side of the ballot along with the candidates names. Would generate a larger participation level Many people forget to turn over the ballot each year.

Proposition 1 relates to small city school districts. This question reads, “The proposed amendment to Article 8, section 4 of the Constitution removes the special constitutional debt limitation now placed on small city school districts, so they will be treated the same as all other school districts. Shall the proposed amendment be approved?”

If enacted, this would not mean that the debt limit for small city schools is unlimited. This amendment, along with a recently signed new law, would mean that small city school districtswill finally have opportunities equal to those of the large suburban and rural districts when it comes to capital projects and debt limits.

Currently, under the State Constitution, small city school districts cannot incur debt of more than 5% of their average full value of taxable real estate, except with approval by 60% of voters, the State Comptroller, and the Board of Regents. In contrast, large suburban and rural districts have no constitutionally prescribed debt limits but do have a statutory limit of 10%. This puts small city school districts at a severe disadvantage when it comes to maintaining and improving facilities. The constitutional amendment and this new law would make all school districts equal.


Proposition 2 gives municipalities flexibility when it comes to financing sewage facilities. This proposal extends their authority to remove debt for the construction of these facilities from their constitutional debt limits for ten years. In this era of climate change, proponents feel that this  authority is needed so that our local governments have the ability to finance these critical infrastructure projects.

To read the full amendments and the ballot language, you can visit the NYS Board of Elections website at https://www.elections.ny.gov/2023BallotProposals.html.
PAUL FEINER

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