On December 15, 2016, North Colonie residents voted down the district’s $196.4 million capital project by a tally of 2,189 no votes (54 percent) to 1,842 yes votes (46 percent). The vote resulted in a 30 year record voter turnout dating back to 1986, with a total voter turnout of 4,031. The results were announced at the North Colonie Central Office and certified by the chairperson of the election.
“I’d like to thank our North Colonie community for participating in the democratic process by voting,” said Superintendent Joseph Corr. “The voters of the North Colonie Central School District have spoken. We must now take their feedback and modify and adjust our proposed project accordingly. We will be tabulating the results of an exit survey to help provide guidance in the next steps of this process. The fact is, the district still has a very real enrollment increase that must be addressed immediately and expeditiously in order to maximize our state aid and reduce the impact on the local taxpayer. According to election law, the earliest the district can hold its next vote is in 90 days.”
The capital project had proposed to establish a 10-year plan to accommodate tremendous growth in enrollment, and included addition and renovation work throughout the district, with security updates for all eight school buildings. The proposed tax rate impact would have totaled 5.9 percent to be phased in over three years, with the initial increase in year 2022.