A special election will be held in Wellesley on May 18 to decide whether to fund a new $3.6M Department of Public Works building on Rte. 9 via a debt exclusion (i.e., roughly $29 annual tax increase per household, at least at the start). Somehow, we can’t envision this vote will result in a lot of yard signs or bumper stickers.
The proposed 12,000 sq. ft. building, which would replace the current one built in 1948, would be built according to new energy efficiency and other building codes. Features would include room for holding emergency response training, etc. The vote would cover approval for about $3.1M in funding, with the rest made up through some unused monies at the town’s disposal.
The wording on the ballot will be:
Shall the Town of Wellesley be allowed to exempt from the provisions of Proposition two and one-half, so called, the amounts required to pay for the bonds issues in order to fund the plans and specifications, construction, remodeling, equipping and furnishing of a new Department of Public Works office facility at 20 Municipal Way?