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STATE OKS 93.7% AID FOR NEW BUILDING

The Chautauqua Lake Central School District could have a new $31.9 million school building without any increase in property taxes.

The School Board Wednesday night learned the district was approved for the maximum allowable amount of state building aid -- 93.7 percent.

In addition, the remaining cost would be covered by incentive aid granted when the Chautauqua and Mayville school districts merged last year.

School Board President Jay Baker said the new building depends on voters.

"The bottom line is if voters say yes on Dec. 10, in September of the year 2000 the kids can be going to a state-of-the-art facility at no change in the local tax rate."

The board Wednesday also granted formal approval to the Dec. 10 referendum for the new school building.

The district is looking at a 107-acre site in the northwest corner of Mayville for its single-building campus to house students from prekindergarten through high school.

"The referendum would allow the district to purchase the land and expend funds for construction," Baker said

Public hearings on the project are scheduled for Nov. 5, Dec. 3 and Dec. 8. If the project is approved by district voters, construction is expected to take 16 months.

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