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ALDEN CENTRAL VOTERS OK TRACK-AND-FIELD FACILITY

A $1,455,069 track-and-field facility at Alden Central High School will be built without a tax increase after district residents Tuesday approved the project by a 471-29 vote.

Alden State Bank and Pepsi-Cola each pledged $50,000 a year over the life of the 10-year bond, covering about 85 percent of total costs after state reimbursements. The local share for the project is roughly $150,000, which will be paid from interest earned on the district's debt services account.

The bottom line for residents is no impact on school taxes.

In addition to the eight-lane, all-weather track, plans include adding five tennis courts, renovating bleachers and revamping and expanding soccer and baseball fields.

Work is expected to begin in the spring.

"You never take these things for granted," said board President Dennis O'Grady. "We've been dealing with this for six to seven years to try to make this happen."

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