Middleboro: Forum held on tax hike to fund police station renovation

The committee planning renovations to the Middleboro police station began the push for a 30-year, $12.7 million debt exclusion at a forum this week.

Townspeople will be asked to ante up an average of $130 a year more in taxes, based on the median value of a $311,000 home, to pay for renovations to the historic Middleboro police station, built in 1819.

The plan is to relocate police during 12 to 14-months of construction to a store in downtown Middleboro that has been vacant since Reedy’s Archery moved.

Resident Ginny Landis says she supports the project, but isn’t so sure she wants her tax dollars spent on a privately owned building.

Project manager Joseph Sullivan, from Daedalus Projects Incorporated, says relocating police during renovations will save about $1 million in construction costs and sprucing up the downtown store only adds about $150,000 in costs.

Middleboro Selectman Stephen McKinnon supports the project and says while historic, the police station is dilapidated and dangerous. McKinnon said renovations can’t be put off any longer.

The $12.7 million debt exclusion needs approval at the May 24 town meeting to go forward to a ballot vote, scheduled for June 14.

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About Alice Elwell

Alice Elwell is a freelance reporter who lives on the South Shore. She joined the WATD team to widen our coverage to include Middleboro. She can be reached at acelwell2@gmail.com.