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High School Renovation Referendum Passes 1,785 to 953

Approximately 15 percent of Naugatuck residents voted, according to official results.

A proposal to spend $81 million to renovate Naugatuck High School passed after borough residents voted 1,785 to 953 in a referendum on the project Tuesday, according to preliminary results.

Shortly after the polls closed, the final results were announced at the Naugatuck Historical Society and train station, showing the referendum passing 65 percent to 35 percent. A total of 2,738 people voted, comprising 15.4 percent of the borough. There were 24 absentee ballots.

The vote means the borough will now go ahead and execute the funding for the project. The high school renovation and planning will take place over a three-year period, with an estimated completion date of 2015.

According to the plan, the high school would be brought up to government codes, classrooms would be redone, a new lobby would be implemented at the front of the school, the building will become more energy efficient and a number of other improvements.

The Rubber Avenue school will remain open during the renovation.

The plan will cost Naugatuck between $25 and $37 million, paid for through bond notices over a 20-year period. 

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Scott Slauson November 09, 2011 at 01:33 AM
I can say from my experience with the NHS students they are thankful for this. The residents of Naugatuck have come forward and voted!!! Job well done to all !!!
dorothy kunin November 09, 2011 at 01:37 AM
I truly believe this is the right decision and allows our community to prepare our kids for the 21st century and opens up many possibilities for the community. My hat is off to the team who worked to get the message out. Kudos to the voters!! I echo Scotts statement Job well done!
Naugybride November 09, 2011 at 01:45 AM
Way to go Naugatuck! Thank you for putting our children and the future of this town first!
Linda Ramos November 09, 2011 at 02:35 AM
YEA, so happy that this will be happening how wonderful for the Students,Teachers, Community and Everyone. Proud of what has happened today in Naugatuck!!!!!
Ken Hanks November 09, 2011 at 02:59 AM
This is a good example of a community recognizing and accepting an opportunity to make "this town" a better place. Thank you to all who voted "YES".
Frank November 09, 2011 at 10:52 AM
I am in support of the High school updates, however not in favor of wasting space there intended for students to house the Board of Education. Leave them in Tuttle House.
Michelle November 09, 2011 at 02:15 PM
I wonder if the votes would've changed if we knew "before hand" how much our taxes would go up. I would of liked to see an article in the paper saying, "this is how much our taxes will increase." It was a really hard decision for me. I voted "no".
brutus November 09, 2011 at 02:40 PM
good point Michelle. I voted yes because I feel investing in our High School ultimately benefits all of us. But the added taxes were a hard pill to swallow, particularly because the taxes we ALREADY pay should cover this. Money should be taken from something else and put towards the school rather than raising already high taxes. I moved to naugatuck just 6 1/2 years ago, and my property taxes have gone up 17%. on top of everything else that has become much more expensive, while my salary is essentially the same, I don't know how much longer I can live here.
Steve Elson November 09, 2011 at 02:43 PM
Article on costs and estimated tax increases http://naugatuck.patch.com/articles/why-a-proposed-nhs-renovation-could-cost-between-24m-and-37m
brutus November 09, 2011 at 02:54 PM
thanks Steve, I recall seeing that article. It doesn't really explain how the individual taxpayer will be effected, however. saying something will cost the town (i.e. taxpayers) a certain amount over 20 years really doesn't do anything to explain what people really want to know -- and that is, how much is my mortgage payment going up every month? like I said, I voted yes, but it was a reluctant yes.
dorothy kunin November 10, 2011 at 03:34 AM
Before anyone starts to panic – let us step back, reflect and focus on what is important. It is the education of our children and the impact to our future and the importance of this decision and the community. For the most part all comments have been favorable and I can understand why there are concerns about the finances on such endeavor after all it is an investment in our children, our community and our future. I for one have faith in those individuals we have entrusted to manage the financing and to make the decisions that are right for the community. Please keep in mind we have a few years ahead of us to structure this the right way with minimal impact to our tax payers. Will our taxes increase yes they most likely will but keep in mind they would most likely increase anyway because we would continue to dump money into a school that would continue to deteriorate. We all know that if we continue to repair a car with 150,000 mile on it eventually we invest more than its value and that is where we are today with the High School. I ask that you keep an open mind and have faith in the process and the people. Remember the expense will amortized which is a process of spreading costs over time to reduce the impact to the tax payer.

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