Norwich voters will be asked whether they support $385 million schools project

On Nov. 8, voters here will find a referendum question at the lower right of the ballot on a proposed $385 million bond that would restructure city schools for decades. Although the bond question asks for $385 million, the city’s total cost would range from $97 million to $153 million, depending on state reimbursement levels. City officials estimate the tax impact for the first 10 years of the 30-year bond to range from 2.9 mills and 4.6 mills. Despite the price tag and monumental scope of the project, the fall campaign season has been quiet on the measure. No signs dot the landscape urging voters to “vote yes” or “vote no,” and no political action committees have been set up to promote or campaign against the bond. Without the new schools construction bond, the city would face an estimated $225 million with no state reimbursement just to repair and maintain the current city schools, which were built between 1925 and 1975.

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