AMESBURY — A special election will be held at Amesbury High School on Tuesday to see if residents will approve a $60.5 million debt exclusion to build a new elementary school on Lions Mouth Road.

In August, the Massachusetts School Building Authority approved the city’s plan to build a $60.5 million, three-story school next to Cashman Elementary School.

The state has promised to pay roughly $24.3 million toward building the school and the city is expected to fund an estimated $36.2 million.

If approved Tuesday, the debt exclusion is estimated to cost the average homeowner with a property valued at $400,000 roughly $370 more per year in property taxes.

Amesbury has been working with the MSBA since the city submitted a statement of interest in building a new school in early 2015.

Boston-based architectural firm DiNisco Design drafted the design for the proposed building; Portsmouth, New Hampshire-based NV5 Global Inc. is the owner’s project manager.

Voting in the special election will be in the Amesbury High School gymnasium, 5 Highland St., from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

To view the schematics from DiNisco:

To see a computer-generated flyover of the proposed building:

Frequently asked questions:

Staff writer Jim Sullivan covers Amesbury and Salisbury for The Daily News. He can be reached via email at or by phone at 978-961-3145. Follow him on Twitter @ndnsully.

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