Farmington residents to vote again as new high school will cost extra $9.7M

Town voters will return to the polls this week to decide whether to approve the nearly $10 million more that’s needed to fund the construction of a new high school. Residents will vote Thursday whether to approve an extra $9.7 million for a new Farmington High School, just over a year after approving the original $135.6 million to fund the project. In June 2021, voters passed the referendum for a $135.6 million appropriation for construction of a new 239,000-square-foot high school on Moneith Drive, including the demolition of the existing building and some changes to the property. During the 2022 legislative session, Farmington’s reimbursement rate for the project changed from 18.93 percent for new construction and 28.93 percent for renovation to 30 percent for the entire project. As a result, the proposed municipal cost is projected to be less than what voters first approved in June 2021 referendum. Residents can vote at their normal polling places Thursday from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Absentee ballots are available at the town clerk’s office.

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