Tonight, the Board of Trustees will be voting to add a question to the ballot for the Regular Municipal Election on Tuesday, April 7, 2020. I am in support of this ballot question because it is a responsible use of funds, and addresses many needs we have, without increasing taxes and without extending any debt.
In 2017, the voters approved a 0.6% sales tax to fund the construction of the Police Department & Municipal Court Building. The project was greatly supported by you – the residents. The building was completed on time and on budget, and opened its doors to the public in October of 2019. Here we are today and the debt is being paid and there is a surplus. Ballot Question 2A is asking if the Town can use that surplus for maintenance of the new Police Department & Municipal Court Building, and to allow for it to be used for construction, operation and maintenance of other Town facilities.
To me, it is important to identify a clear funding source to maintain the beautiful new building that we built. While, also important to address facility needs for Town Hall and Public Works. Both facilities have been outgrown. We need to improve operational efficiencies, address building code compliance issues and set-up the Town to serve the community for the long term. A ‘yes’ vote on 2A, will allow the Town to accomplish all of this.
The bottom line is we have identified a way to maintain your investment in the new Police Department & Municipal Court Building and a way to address facility needs that the Town has – and do so without raising any taxes and without extending the debt.
Thank you for your continued support. It is an honor to be your Mayor.