The March 31 referendum on the Parker project has been cancelled.
Due to the current public health emergency, Cortland school district officials have been forced to cancel this afternoon’s voter registration day at the Kauffman Center.
The event was planned to allow eligible residents a chance to ensure their participation in a March 31 referendum on a plan to transition the former Parker elementary school into a childcare facility operated by CAPCO and the YWCA.
Further authorization will still be required after the upcoming vote, which specifically asks residents to approve the sale of the building from the school district to the city.
That’s a necessary step to allow CAPCO and the YWCA to remain eligible for key grant funding available only by application from a municipality.
As for the $91 price tag: That number represents the amount of years Parker school was open and also helps clear a key tax credit hurdle that may have otherwise stopped the project in its tracks.
Had the building been sold for its worth at several hundred thousand dollars, the result would’ve been a direct reduction in state aid to the school district.