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Southwestern Central School Superintendent Edmund Harvey thinks that Tuesday's vote on a $31.5 million capital project will be one of the most significant decisions for the district.

Speaking in a final public meeting on the project late last week, Harvey said a 10 percent increase in state aid makes the state's share "close to $27 million. The local share is under $5 million."

"That is a reduction (in the local cost) of over $3 million," he added. "It represents a 40 percent reduction in the local tax effort."

The project would cost taxpayers about 89 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation.

Plans call for building a new elementary school on the main campus to replace the aging Celoron and Lakewood buildings, upgrading the middle school and bus garage, and adding onto and renovating the high school.

Voting is set for 7 to 9 a.m. and 2 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the high school.

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