DURHAM — Residents will decide Tuesday whether to authorize the appropriation of $7 million for the acquisition and conversion of the former Korn Elementary School into a community center.
The referendum is the culmination of years of study and discussion.
At the end of 2017, the Korn School Feasibility Committee was formed and tasked to determine if the school could be transformed into a community center. Engineering firm Silver Petrucelli was also hired to conduct a feasibility study.
In October, the group presented findings, including potential programming, the tax impact and anticipated building improvements.
Residents can find the final report, as well as other relevant materials, on the town of Durham website, under the Korn School Feasibility Assessment Committee page.
In a special town meeting in late October, residents overwhelmingly approved moving the issue to a referendum vote.
Voters will see the following question on the voting machines:
“Shall the resolution entitled, ‘RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING AN APPROPRIATION OF $7,000,000 FOR THE ACQUISITION AND CONVERSION OF THE FORMER FRANCIS E. KORN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL BUILDING INTO A COMMUNITY CENTER AND THE FINANCING OF SAID APPROPRIATION BY THE ISSUANCE OF GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS OF THE TOWN AND NOTES IN ANTICIPATION OF SUCH BONDS IN AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $7,000,000, be approved? Yes No ”
The ballot label for the question will read as follows, “Shall the Town of Durham appropriate $7,000,000 for the acquisition and conversion of the former Francis E. Korn Elementary School building into a community center and authorize the issuance of general obligation bonds and notes in the same amount to finance said appropriation? Yes No ”
All voting districts should go to Korn School, 144 Pickett Lane, the central polling place. Voting will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The full text of the resolution is on file and open to the public in the Town Clerk’s office and also on the town’s website, under elections, which also houses explanatory text.