New York vot­ers approve con­sti­tu­tion­al amend­ments

(The Cen­ter Square) — New York vot­ers on Tues­day approved a pair of con­sti­tu­tion­al amend­ments to pro­vide more mon­ey to local gov­ern­ments to upgrade aging schools and sewage treat­ment sys­tems.
In Tues­day’s elec­tions, vot­ers over­whelm­ing­ly approved Bal­lot Pro­pos­al #1, which will elim­i­nate a con­sti­tu­tion­al debt lim­it on small city school dis­tricts with few­er than 125,000 peo­ple. The mea­sure passed with near­ly 65% of the vote, accord­ing to pre­lim­i­nary elec­tion results.
Many small school dis­tricts have com­plained that the debt lim­its – which can’t be high­er than 5% of the val­ue of tax­able real estate in the dis­trict — are unfair and pre­vent them from mak­ing much-need­ed upgrades to school infra­struc­ture.
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