HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. -- Hastings-on-Hudson residents, coming out to vote in big numbers Tuesday, rejected the Facility Project Bond Referendum 1,543 to 1,027.
The $8.1 million plan that would have included a renovated Reynolds Field athletic complex.
According election officials, the more than 2,500 votes did not include more than 100 absentee ballots that will be counted but will not change the outcome.
The Hastings Board of Education will now have 90 days to present a new school bond proposal.
The defeated referendum had proposed that the Hastings School District issue an $8.1 million bond and use $500,000 from its capital reserves to make district-wide improvements, including renovating or rebuilding the Reynolds Field athletic complex, which is in need of major repairs.
Residents who opposed the bond cited the plan to use artificial turf to replace the existing grass fields and the environmental consequences to the community as reasons for the no vote.