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Harborfields residents sack synthetic turf field proposal

Harborfields High School in Greenlawn is shown on

Harborfields High School in Greenlawn is shown on April 13, 2014. Photo Credit: Ian J. Stark

Harborfields Central School district residents rejected a controversial proposal to build a synthetic turf field at its high school but passed a capital improvement bond to update district facilities.

Proposition One, for $11.627 million to upgrade labs, auditoriums, and athletic facilities and other areas passed 1,248 to 573 during Tuesday's vote.

Proposition Two, $1.985 million for the turf field at the high school, failed with 629 yes votes to 1,177 no votes.

The propositions included a clause that made passage of the second contingent on passage of the first; but the second proposition was not a must.

According to a district handout, the total estimated cost of proposition one includes contingency and architectural fees. Of the total amount, the district will receive an estimated 51 percent in New York State Building Aid. The increase to the average homeowner (with an assessed value of $4,000) would be $76.20 a year, or $6.35 a month.

The turf field dominated the bond discussion for months, pitting those in the athletic community against those who opposed the synthetic field, mostly over health and safety concerns.

A community-initiated proposition in December 2013 to bond $3 million over 15 years for two turf fields at the school also failed. That proposal was overwhelmingly defeated 2,075 to 429.

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