“There is now a written maintenance plan in place for all school buildings that is adequately funded,” Scully said.
The School Building Committee, School Committee and City Council lined up behind the 1,005-student option in a series of meetings last month. The city expects to pay about 39 percent of the cost of the school, or $23.9 million. The average taxpayer would pay roughly $67 per year for the next 20 years to pay off the bond.
That is the same amount taxpayers are currently spending to pay off the loan taken nearly 20 years ago to build Pentucket Lake, Golden Hill, Silver Hill and Bradford Elementary Schools.
Voters will decide on a debt exclusion to fund the new Hunking in the spring of 2014.