Buckland residents to vote on tax increase for new highway department garage

Franklin County

The Franklin County town of Buckland wants to build a new garage for their Highway Department.

Buckland residents will vote Wednesday on a debt-exclusion override to fund the $2.8 million highway garage construction project.

Buckland’s Special town meeting approved the garage construction project on Saturday.

Wednesday’s vote will decide whether the town should temporarily raise taxes to pay for the construction of a new highway facility. The question is the only item on the ballot.

The current Highway Department garage operates out of an old steel factory on the Sears Street extension and does not meet building code.

“The building is very expensive to operate, it’s clearly very old. There are portions of it [that] going forward wouldn’t be up to code,” Town Administrator Andreas Llamas explained. “There is no handicap compliance; there are all sorts of issues around that.”

If the debt exclusion override passes, Llamas said a property owner’s taxes would increase by an average of $124 a year.

The polls will be open from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. at Buckland Town Hall.

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