These days, safety and security are on the minds of most everyone, particularly in schools. Proposition #3 would authorize the District to spend $1,213,388 to install video security cameras covering Chatham High School, Chatham Middle School, Mary E. Dardess Elementary School, the bus garage, and Chatham Public Library. The District currently has a very limited security camera system on campus with only a few cameras. The District would install approximately 158 cameras as part of a modern, integrated system that would assist the District in providing for the safety and security of our students, staff, and property. The system would cover hallways, entrances/exits, parking lots, playgrounds and other areas inside and outside of our buildings. Individual cameras could be accessed remotely via computer and monitored in real time by administrators or other authorized personnel, however the system’s main purpose would be to record 24-hours-a-day and store video for a period of 14 to 30 days (storage time depends on the system the District chooses) for later review if necessary.
The system is intended to be strictly a safety/security feature.
- This project is dependent on passage of the Buildings & Grounds Renovation Project (Proposition #2) — if voters don’t approve Proposition #2, the Security Camera Project (Proposition #3) will not pass. If voters approve Proposition #2 but do not approve Proposition #3, only the work under Proposition #2 would be completed.
How Would the District Pay for Proposition #3?
Chatham Central Schools would enter into a 15-year bond to pay for the project. New York State building aid would reimburse the District for approximately half of the total cost, and the District would levy an additional $54,500 in annual taxes over a 15-year period to pay for the other half, or local share. This equates to an estimated $4.00 of additional taxes per $100,000 dollars of assessed property value. For example, a home valued at $200,000 would see its annual property taxes increase by approximately $8.00.
ANNUAL TAX IMPACT: $4 per $100,000 of assessed property value