Middleboro: Police station renovation project sparks debate

Middleboro’s Community Preservation Committee is considering kicking in $50,000 a year for the next 10 years towards the $13 million dollar police station renovation project.

Mark Belanger, the lone voice in opposition, says it’s too much money, and worries taxpayers could be backed into a corner if the committee promises uncollected money. Belanger said there is no guarantee that the town will continue to collect the tax surcharge tax because it can be repealed.

Neil Rosenthal lobbied for the money because he says it would reduce the amount taxpayers would bond for the renovations. Rosenthal suggested committing $50,000 a year for the next 30-years.

Frederick Eayrs says the police station is a significant building and worth saving. It was built as a general store in 1825 by Colonel Peter Peirce and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2000.

The committee must agree to support the request at its next meeting so the measure can go before the voters at the May 24 town meeting. The final hurdle will be at the June 14 special election when voters will be asked to support a 30-year debit override.



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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.