What to expect on this year's ballot in New York
ALBANY, NY (WENY)--On this year's general election ballot, New York voters will see TWO CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT PROPOSALS RELATED TO DEBT LIMITS FOR SMALL CITY SCHOOL DISTRICTS AND AN EXTENSION FOR DEBT LIMITS ON SEWER PROJECTS.
some ELECTION ADVOCATES SAid CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT PROPOSALS LIKE THIS CAN HAVE A REAL IMPACT ON NEW YORKERS.
“Both of these absolutely impact New Yorkers in their daily life and I think it’s a habit that we’ve got to drill into people that you should always expect that there’s a constitutional amendment or a local ballot proposal that you need to vote on,” said Erica Smitka, legislative director at the League of Women Voters of New York State.
SOME EDUCATION ADVOCATES SAid PROPOSAL ONE--TO REMOVE DEBT LIMITS FOR SMALL CITY SCHOOL DISTRICTS—WILL MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE FOR SCHOOLS IN NEED OF MORE RESOURCES.
“Really this is about equity and treating our school districts and our students in small city districts the same as other districts across the state,” said Brian Fessler, director of governmental relations with the New York State School Boards Association.
Fessler said IF THIS DEBT LIMIT IS CHANGED FOR SMALL CITY SCHOOL DISTRICTS, IT WILL ALLOW LEADERSHIP IN THESE DISTRICTS TO INVEST IN BIGGER CAPITAL PROJECTS.
THE SECOND PROPOSAL ON THE BALLOT SEEKS TO EXTEND AN EXCLUSION OF DEBT LIMITS ON CERTAIN SEWER OPERATIONS.
“For a very small municipality, it could be very important to the community to have that ability if they needed it but very few have ever used this over the sixty years that it's been on the books,” said Stephen Acquario, executive Director, New York State Association of Counties.