Voters in the Absecon, Ocean City and Greater Egg Harbor Regional school districts will go to the polls Tuesday on bond referendums to make capital improvements to their schools.

The largest project is in Greater Egg and includes almost $37 million for work at Absegami, Oakcrest and Cedar Creek high schools. State debt service aid could cover 54 percent of the cost.

The project includes air conditioning at Oakcrest, which would cost about one-third of the total. Other projects at Oakcrest include renovating the athletic fields, improving access to athletic areas and upgrading the locker room, security systems, science labs and technology systems and equipment.

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Projects at Absegami include renovating the locker rooms, updating security systems, renovating the athletic complex and fields, and updating science labs and technology systems and equipment.

Upgrades at Cedar Creek include increasing locker room capacity, renovating the athletic complex and fields, and installing an official school sign and stadium lighting, which were not included in the original $82 million school that opened in 2010. The athletic fields would be reconfigured to create more playing space and improve drainage.

The annual property tax impact per $100,000 of assessed value would be $21 in Galloway Township, $25 in Egg Harbor City, $22 in Hamilton Township and $36 in Mullica Township based on a 20-year bond at 3.75 percent interest.

The bond referendum will be held from 3 to 9 p.m. at polling sites in Hamilton Township, Galloway Township, Egg Harbor City and Mullica Township, which make up the regional district. Residents in the sending districts of Port Republic and Washington Township in Burlington County do not vote. The vote tally will be based on total votes from all four districts.

In Absecon, voters are being asked to approve $5.2 million in repairs to the Emma C. Attales and Ashton Marsh schools. State aid will cover almost $2.1 million of the cost with the district borrowing $3.1 million in bonds.

The proposed work will include a new roof for the Attales school and a section of new roof at the Marsh School. Both school gyms will get new lighting, as will all Marsh School classrooms and the Attales art room, computer lab and offices. Exterior lighting will be added. The boys and girls bathrooms outside of the Attales gym and the fifth- and sixth-grade hallways will be renovated. The floors will be refinished in both school gyms, fire alarms will be updated, and heat pumps will be replaced in seven Attales classrooms.

The bond is expected to cost taxpayers between $35 and $38 per year per $100,000 of assessed value based on a 17-year payout and an interest rate of 3,75 percent.

Voting will be held from 1 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the the Absecon Presbyterian Church, 208 New Jersey Ave.

The Ocean City Board of Education is asking voters to approve an almost $6.7 million renovation of the Primary School.

The district is eligible for a state grant to cover almost $2.4 million of the cost and has saved more than $1.7 million in its capital reserve account. The rest, almost $2.5 million, would be borrowed for a 10-year period.

The project will include replacing the roof, an emergency generator, hot water heater, boilers, lighting, ceilings, exterior and classroom doors, and the fire alarm system. The hearing and ventilation system would be upgraded, new windows installed, and air conditioning would be installed in the entire building. Asbestos caulking in windows and exterior building-mounted lighting would be removed.

About $650,000 in work was not eligible for state aid and will be paid entirely through the district capital reserve fund. That work includes corridor doors security hardware and locks, classroom and corridor lighting, and ceiling tiles and grid.

If approved, the bond would increase local property taxes about $15.39 per year over 10 years on a home assessed at the average $500,000.

Voting will be held from 3 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at residents' regular polling places.

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