Bay Path funding approved
By Thomas D’Agostino
Bay Path appropriation and water quality control were the big issues voted on during the Webster Special Town Meeting on Monday, February 25 in the Bartlett School Auditorium. Twenty-seven of the twenty-eight articles on the warrant all passed unanimously. Article 27 was passed over for review.
Article 2 was for town approval of the authorization of Bay Path’s $73,722,405 for expansions and renovations to the school. This would expand the useful life of the school for at least fifty more years. The cost to the average taxpayer in Webster would be a high of $33.00 per year with an average of $25.00 per year for thirty years. Finance Committee Michael Finemore wanted to clarify that this vote was for the appropriation portion of the project. The debt exclusion vote, which will secure the funding, will be held on March 11. The article passed unanimously.
Article 25 was a recommendation for the transfer of excess borrowed funds from capital projects to help fund the mandatory upgrades to the corrosion control systems at various water pump stations. The total amount of $290,000 is to come from six other projects that have balances of excess funds available for transfer authorized under MGL Chapter 44, subsection 20.