Middleboro: Residents face proposed debt exclusion to fund police station renovations

Taxpayers will be asked to raise their taxes for the next 30-years to fund nearly $13 million in renovations to the police station.

Police Chief Bruce Gates admits the debt exclusion will be a hard sell, but says it’s 32 cents a day.

Virginia H. Landis, who sat on the committee that oversaw $14 million in renovations for the town’s kindergarten, said a new police station is long overdue.

If approved police will be relocated for about 18-months during construction to a vacant store in the downtown, and Landis takes issue with taxpayers covering the costs.

She said short term costs shouldn’t be covered with a long term debt.

Middleboro voters can weigh in and ask questions at the May 24 town meeting but the final decision will be made by a ballot vote at the June 14 special election.

 

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