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Letter: Interest Rates and State Aid Make Now Time for Bond

My husband and I have been in the Ossining area for 10 years and have chosen to raise our two children in this wonderful community.  We are concerned for the future of our children in a school district with inefficient infrastructures and equipment such as antiquated boilers that use an expensive type of oil fuel.   Last year alone, the district could have saved $180,000 in fuel and repair costs.

As a parent, I worried when I got the call from my son's school that there was an oil leak in the boiler found in the early morning.   It was deemed safe by the start of the school day, but we were still concerned. Current safety codes are not being met in a number of school buildings

These projects must be addressed as soon as possible for not only the safety of our children, but for the vitality of the community.  Now is the time to act.  If we wait, the repairs will still need to be done, but at a higher cost to the community if done on an emergency basis.   Instead of a 0% increase in taxes with the current bond, we'll be faced with a 3% tax hike in a single year. And, we could risk losing the $22 million dollars of NYS building aid.   The current interest rates for loans are at the lowest rates in decades assuring again that this is the time to act!

Please vote YES for the Ossining school bond on Tuesday March 6.

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