RSU 22 towns to vote on $850,000 turf replacement

By Ethan Andrews | Feb 02, 2018
Photo by: Ethan Andrews Regional School Unit 22 is seeking up to $850,000 to replace turf and stadium lighting at Hampden Academy.

Hampden — Voters in the Regional School District 22 towns of Frankfort, Winterport, Hampden and Newburgh will vote Feb. 6 on whether to approve borrowing up to $850,000 to replace the aging artificial turf and upgrade stadium lights at the district's high school, Hampden Academy.

Assistant Superintendent Regan Nickels said the cost could be lower depending upon bids. Additionally, the district has roughly $100,000 in a reserve account that could be applied to reduce the amount the district has to borrow.

Nickels said the impact to local property taxes will depend upon changes in local valuation, which affects state funding for education. She anticipates that an $850,000 bond, with interest, would require payments of roughly $100,000 per year "over four towns," she said, "and we may come in lower. If we come in at $650 (thousand), that changes the game."

The 14-year-old turf, used for high school field hockey, football, soccer and softball, has outlived its lifespan of eight to 10 years, according to a fall 2017 newsletter published by RSU 22.

Voting will be held at town polling places Tuesday, Feb. 6, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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