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Letter: School Bond is Wise Investment

I have 3 children in the Ossining School District and have spent a great deal of time learning about the urgent infrastructure needs and capacity issues at the schools. I also understand that the cost for this type of capital project with any school budget would need to be done through a debt strategy. You can only repair and replace so much before you are throwing money down the drain. We have increasing enrollment, one of the highest in Westchester County. It is our responsibility as a community to preserve our assets in a financially sound manner.

I was very pleased to hear that the biggest "NON" supporters of last year's bond publicly acknowledged that this bond was more reasonable then last year and agreed with approximately 80 to 90% of the new proposed bond. While the percentage they didn't agree with was labeled as "fluff “the real fact is that those dollars are earmarked for infrastructure needs that addresses our core curriculum courses. Speaking to residents all over town many are pleased with this new proposal as they understand that these capital improvements need to be made. With interest rates low and locking in a significant amount of building aid from the state on the day of the vote essentially makes this financial strategy an interest-free bond without increasing taxes that addresses Ossining's urgent needs. Please show your support on March 6th at the voting polls (OHS from 7am to 9pm).

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