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No Local Tax Impact

JPS Capital Project Vote To Take Place On Dec. 12

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The Jamestown Public Schools Board of Education, during its Oct. 24 regular meeting, approved a no-tax impact, five-year, $126 million dollar Capital Improvements Project to be presented to community members for a vote on Tuesday, Dec. 12.

The project will have no local tax impact to district taxpayers as Jamestown Public Schools is reimbursed by the New York State at a rate of 98 percent for capital projects and has saved the remaining two percent needed to fund the local share over the last several fiscal years.

“The Board of Education has made the continual improvements of our buildings, facilities, and infrastructure a priority and has been diligent in accomplishing this work in the most cost-effective way possible for our community,” said JPS Board of Education President Paul Abbott. “Much like our previous vote two years ago, we have ensured that there is no local tax impact for our community, while ensuring that we continue to invest in the important goal of educating our students by providing the best environment possible for them to learn.”

The project aims to provide necessary improvements to each building across the district as well as continued technology upgrades that will provide important safety and security infrastructure. More information on the project can be found at jpsny.org/capitalproject.

“We are grateful for the board’s support in bringing another Capital Improvements Project to the community,” said Dr. Kevin Whitaker, JPS Superintendent. “This project is the second of three planned improvement projects that have been diligently planned for and will once again include upgrades to areas identified by the 2019 Building Condition Survey and will look to perform necessary capital work that will continue our trend of keeping students warm, safe, and dry. Much like your home, it is essential to keep the investment the community has made up to date. Utilizing capital funds from the state allows us to do these things with no impact on local taxes. We ask that the community help us by coming out and voting on Dec. 12.”

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Public Hearing Information

A public hearing for voters to learn more about the Jamestown Public Schools 2024-2029 Capital Project will take place on Dec. 5 at 5:45 p.m. in the Board Room of the Administration Building at 197 Martin Road. The vote is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 12 from 12 to 9 p.m. with polls open at Jefferson, Lincoln, and Washington schools.

Voter Eligibility & Absentee Ballot Information

To be eligible to vote on the JPS Capital Project, an individual must be 18 years of age, a United States citizen, a resident of the Jamestown Public Schools district for at least 30 days prior to Dec. 12, and a registered voter.

Registered voters who are not able to vote in person on Dec. 12 may be eligible to vote by absentee ballot. Reasons for voting by absentee ballot include:

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Absence from county on election day; temporary illness or physical disability

Permanent illness or physical dis-ability

Duties related to primary care of one or more individuals who are ill or physically disabled

Resident or patient of Veterans Health Administration Hospital or detention in jail/prison

Awaiting trial, awaiting action by a grand jury, or in prison for conviction of a crime or offense which was not a felony

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Applications can be obtained through the District Clerk, in person, by mail, or by phone. (District Offices, 197 Martin Road, Jamestown, NY. Those wishing to receive the ballot by mail must apply by Dec. 5. Absentee ballots must be received in person, or by mail, by 5 p.m. on Dec. 12.

For any questions about voter eligibility or by calling Rhonda Frank, District Clerk, at (716) 483-4420.

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