Spending, Spending, Spending… It’s Time To Stop & Think!

The local athletic fields, grocery stores and gym were buzzing today about Groton Spring Town Meeting. For those that have not heard, it is being held at the GDRMS Performance Center at 7 pm on April 24, 2017.

The Groton Spring Town Meeting Packet includes 41 warrant articles this year! 

They include our town operation budget (article #4) that includes the school & municipal operation budgets, municipal capital expenses (article #7) , purchase land & design plans for a new senior center (article #9 & #10), welcome markers (article #17), a citizen’s petition to create a town seal committee (article #35) and a purchase of a new ladder truck (article #8) are just a few on tap for our marathon Spring Town Meeting. What you won’t find in the Spring Town Meeting Packet is our towns anticipated future spending.

What you won’t find in the Spring Town Meeting Packet are the anticipated capital expenses we should anticipate over the next 3-5 years.

Do we have a plan that lays out how we are going to pay for all these capital expenses at the same time?

What will our tax bills look like with debt exclusion on top of debt exclusion?

  • We have a senior centre that needs to be updated or rebuilt, with an approximate cost of $5,000,000  + million dollars. 
  • We have the Prescott Building that Town Meeting decided not to sell therefore we have the responsibility to rehab that building. This will cost another $5,000,000 + million dollars.
  • We have Flo Ro Elementary that requires a rehab or rebuilt and even with MSBA funding, this will cost more than $15,000,000 million dollars. The thought that the building utilization audit is going to find an alternative location to place almost 500 students is not realistic.  The thought that our enrollment is in such decline we will not need the school is also not realistic.
  • We have a Municipal Capital Plan, that calls for annual funding.  This Spring we are looking at approximately $510,000 in miscellaneous capital expenses, in addition to the $995,000 capital expense for the ladder truck. 
  • We have District Capital & Technology Plans with a combined cost of approximately $425,000 a year to Groton over the next six years based on enrollment projections.

We are talking about $25,000,000 + million dollars being spent over the next 3-5 years. 

I hope to see every seat filled at the GDRMS Performance Theatre on April 24, 2017.  It is time for taxpayers to shake off that apathy, attend Town Meeting, ask questions and have a say in how your tax dollars are spent.

See you Monday night, 7 PM sharp!