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It's Decision Day for Funding of Attleboro Projects

The City Council will vote on borrowing money to build an animal shelter, improve the high school's athletic complex and upgrade a municipal water treatment facility's computer system.

The residents spoke last week, and tonight it will be the Attleboro City Council's opportunity to weigh in on Mayor Kevin Dumas' proposal for the city to borrow $6.2 million to fund three projects, including the building of an animal shelter and improvements to Attleboro High School's athletic complex.

More than 100 people came to the council chambers last week for the public hearing on the loan orders. Nearly all the speakers were in favor of the mayor's proposals, with the one exception being a man who was uneasy about the $1.16 million price tag for the animal shelter.

Several councilors have spoken in favor of the animal shelter and high school projects. Recent behind-the-scenes talk could mean there is at least some concern among councilors about the price of the animal shelter. There has been no buzz about opposition to the high school project for which the city would be acquiring a $3.55 million loan.

The computer system upgrade for the water treatment facility has not been a hot topic of conversation. Although it is a less-sexy project than the others, there is a large amount of money involved. The mayor wants the city to borrow $1.523 million to fund the upgrade.

The meeting will take place at City Hall (77 Park St.) at 7 p.m.

Attleboro Resident January 22, 2013 at 11:28 PM
Yeah, sorry I was reading other posts that said that and wrote that on accident. I definitely meant the Animal Shelter!
Dolly January 22, 2013 at 11:46 PM
There is $800,000. of debt service being retired this year. That's a loan of more than $10,000,000. These three projects if bonded for 12 years will total approximately less than $700,000. in debt service at current rates. However, rates may change within the time it takes to go to bond. Still, it's predicted that it will not be as high as the debt being retired. No increase in taxes due to THESE three projects. Taxes will always go up within the prop 2 1/2 % allowed.
George Glass January 23, 2013 at 10:53 PM
Are you sure you want to hear my opinion on the HIGH SCHOOL project? Alrighty.... I completely support the complex. IT is necessary for so many reasons that revolve around.. HUMANS!!!! Thousands of people (every Attleboro High student, children, the elderly, recreational sports teams, and most importantly Special Olympics) will will benefit from this project. Not to mention finally having handicap accessibility! Imagine that, my son will be on that field in one capacity or another in a few years and my disabled mother might actually be able to come and watch her grandson play! Unlike the shelter project that will cater to a handful of cats and dog (though very precious). The statement "Attleboro should be ashamed of the animal shelter" should be muted in comparison to the loud voices of the public who dare to dream of having a school complex that we can be proud of and show off to other schools that come to compete. The Students of Attleboro need to have something to be proud of. The schools are good on the inside, it is time for it to show on the outside!
Rob Geddes January 25, 2013 at 05:02 PM
I could be wrong, but I think the reason there has not been a lot of discussion about making cuts to the athletic complex is because there is not a lot there that can be cut. With the shelter, cuts can be made around things like space and amenities like you mentioned. (Whether or not those cuts should be made is a different story). The proposed athletic complex consists of the track, the field, and the bleachers. The track and the field have specific dimensions that need to be met, so there is no way to make cuts to either one. All that's left then are the bleachers and I would guess that the size reduction of the bleachers would have to be significant in order to make a worthwhile difference in the price tag. The only part of the athletic complex that would have any real cost cutting opportunity similar to what is being discussed for the animal schelter would be the concession stand, but that is being privately funded.
Jerry Chase February 08, 2013 at 02:35 AM
There remains the obligation on the part of residents to exert pressure on the "pols" to spend LESS money than before, NOT the same or more.

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