Local News 5-21-14

PRIMARY ELECTION VOTING DAY

Voters in the State College Area School District overwhelmingly approved the High School Referendum in yesterday’s primary election. The votes allow the district to incur $85 million of debt for a $115 million high school renovation project. District residents will face a 7.2 percent property tax increase. According to Statecollege.com, construction will take about 30 months. Additionally, Tom Wolf won the democratic nomination for Pennsylvania Governor. Mike Stack captured the democratic nomination for Lieutenant Governor. 

SAME-SEX MARRIAGE PA

A federal judge yesterday declared Pennsylvania’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. According to the Associated Press, it’s the fourth ruling on a state ban in the past three weeks. 23 state residents challenged the law, which was passed by legislature in 1996. With the addition of Pennsylvania, NBC News says 44 percent of the nation’s population lives in a state that permits gay and lesbian couples to marry.

COMPOST PICKUPS

Compost sales and pick-ups at the State College Borough Service Facility are temporarily suspended due to construction at the 330 South Osmond Street location. According to the borough, residents can still pick up small quantities of compost at the lower parking lot at Holmes-Foster Park or can place orders for delivery. Orders can be submitted in person at the State College Municipal Building at 234 South Allen Street or online. Questions should be submitted to the Public Works Department at 814-234-7135.