Monday night Duxbury selectmen reviewed the ten warrant articles for the October 29th special town meeting. A hot button issue in the town has been Article 1 to approve the construction of a new joint middle/high school. According to Duxbury’s Finance Department, the project would increase taxes almost 13% based on an average Duxbury home income.
Chair Shawn Dahlen believes the town and students need this new school in order to improve education, “Perhaps for people who are living on fixed incomes, a tax increase of the level that this would require is going to be a tough burden on them. But I do feel that as residents we have a duty to support our children.”
The board of selectmen recognized the financial burden being placed on residents because of current overlapping projects such as the fire station renovation and new police station. However Chair Dahlen stated that “we chose to be who we are and we pay the price as residential home owners.”
The 375th committee was in attendance and gave an update to selectmen about current fundraisers the group is working on. 2012 marks the town of Duxbury’s 375th anniversary, a year that has been promised to be an on-going celebration.
Town calendars will be available for purchase at the October 29th special town meeting as well as bracelets and coffee mugs.
Though the committee started with an empty bank account, Co-Chair Tony Kelso explained that a $5,000 donation was recently given, “We’re fortunate that we got a very generous donation from the Duxbury Rural and Historical Society to seed us, to get us going on this in order to purchase things like this to start selling them.”
Town Manager Richard McDonald stated that the effort put towards the town’s birthday “shows what Duxbury’s made out of”. The first event is scheduled for January 7th, with clambakes to follow in the summer.