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April 9, 2013

May 7 referendum set on new Tupper building

TUPPER LAKE — The Tupper Lake Village Board will bring the new combined fire/police station to voters in early May.

Trustees and Mayor Paul Maroun are seeking to bond up to $3.2 million for a $4.5 million shared emergency-services building.

The bond amount would be reduced by funding from federal sources, including likely support from Homeland Security, though final grants have not been established, officials say.

A public presentation on the final design is set for April 23, two weeks ahead of the referendum vote.

COST PER THOUSAND

Maroun said Monday that the tax impact of a $3.2 million bond would be between 24 and 29 cents per $1,000 of property value for village residents.

“For a $100,000 home, that would be between $24 and $29 per year for the bond,” he said.

Officials said it would be a long-term bond, likely between 20 and 30 years, though the specific length had yet to be determined.

For the past year, the village has been working with Hueber-Breuer Construction, based in Syracuse, to analyze the feasibility and cost of a new fire/police station.

The proposed building site on Santa Clara Avenue is under purchase option for $80,000 from a private landowner. 

That cost is included in the proposed bond amount, Maroun said.

“The Village of Tupper Lake will not borrow any more than $3.2 million,” the mayor said. “And on the building itself, we can only spend $4.5 million. If we receive grants, and the final bid comes in less, we wouldn’t have to bond as much.”

VILLAGE VOTE

Though the Tupper Lake Volunteer Fire Department is made up of volunteers from both the town and village and covers both as well, only village voters are allowed, by law, to participate in the referendum.

Because the village owns and manages the fire and police departments, the village is responsible for bonding.

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