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Council Votes to Fund Attleboro Animal Shelter, High School Track Upgrade

The city will borrow a total of $6.2 million to fund three municipal projects.

In three separate 10-0 votes, the Attleboro City Council voted Tuesday night to approve loan orders totaling $6.2 million to fund three municipal projects, including a new animal shelter and upgrades to Attleboro High School's athletic complex.

Mayor Kevin Dumas requested approval of the loan orders ($1.16 million for the animal shelter, $3.55 million for the high school athletic project and $1.523 million to upgrade a municipal water treatment facility's computer system). Only 10 councilors voted Tuesday because Council President Frank Cook is serving as acting mayor while Dumas is in Washington D.C. for President Barack Obama's inauguration 

Although the vote to fund the projects was unanimous, several councilors said they were troubled by the soaring cost for two of the projects. Both the animal shelter and athletic complex upgrades had been projected to be significantly cheaper in the original estimates. 

Attleboro Patch will have more information on this story soon. 

Gretchen Robinson January 24, 2013 at 04:08 AM
these two initiatives should not increase taxes....that's what was said at the hearing.
Neal January 25, 2013 at 01:07 PM
Gretchen if you believe that I have a bridge to sell you. These are needed improvements but just like the Federal gov't, the answer cannot be to continually go deeper in debt. Everyone wants to spend, no one wants to pay.
paul January 25, 2013 at 01:38 PM
Read my lips, no new taxes, George H.W. Bush, Republican National Convention, August 18th 1988, those words were later used against him by Bill Clinton.
Roxanne Houghton January 25, 2013 at 03:42 PM
Whether we do these much needed projects, or not - our taxes will go up every year. I would challenge anyone to tell us about a year that they didnt. We can pay the increased taxes every year and have nothing to show for it, or we can pay the increased taxes every year and know that the money is going back into our city.. Anyone who thinks that if we do not fund these taxes, our taxes will go down or will stay the same, doesnt undertand the process. Property taxes go up every year and always will...Blaming these much needed projects is misleading. The mayor explained all of this, the night of the public hearing. I dont like taxes any more than the next person (especially state taxes), but at least our city taxes benefit the city residents; I happen to like knowing how my taxes are being spent.....there is no fluff in the city budget - anyone can go to city hall and look for themselves - its public record.
Gretchen Robinson January 25, 2013 at 09:47 PM
Neal, didn't you read the newspaper and Patch reports: no increased taxes from these initiatives. Old debt is being retired. The City will bond out the cost of this. It will be 'paid' back by all those who use the track and the animal shelter. These are Attleboro amenities and assets to the community and the community will pay for it, but no new taxes for these projects.

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