A New Fire Station
To complete the final phase of a multiyear endeavor to replace the Maynard Fire Station, a Special Election is scheduled for December 16, 2020.
The election contains only one ballot question, asking whether to support the construction of the station by allowing a “Debt Exclusion” to pay for the project, as was approved in the Fall Special Town Meeting:
Shall the Town of Maynard be allowed to exempt from the provisions of proposition two and one-half, so-called, the amounts required to pay for the bonds to be issued in order to pay costs of construction of a fire station, including all costs incidental or related thereto? Yes / No
A Yes vote means you support funding the borrowing for the construction fire station through debt exclusion.
A No vote means you do not.
Unofficial Election Results
Why a New Fire Station?
The 1954 constructed existing building is recognized as a severely space-constrained, aging structure, which does not provide for the adequate housing of equipment, training purposes, berthing accommodations, and maximum safety measures.
The town has purchased land on Sudbury Street for the sole purpose of the construction of a new fire station.
The design of the station at this location was appropriated for at the 2018 Annual Town Meeting.
Funding and Tax Impact
Borrowing rates are reportedly at their lowest in recent history, and construction costs are likewise reportedly stable. However, for every year this project’s construction is delayed, approximately $500,000.00 is added to its cost. The town’s already-procured Owner’s Project Manager (OPM), in consultation with the town’s contracted design firm, provided the conservatively estimated construction costs. Maintenance costs expected for a new facility are minimal, especially in comparison to the existing facility.
The Debt Exclusion funding scheme proposed for this project requires two measures, and this election follows what was already approved at the Special Town Meeting on October 3, 2020.
The additional tax levy proposed for this debt exclusion is approximately $75.00 for the average single-family household in Fiscal Year 2021 (FY21). In FY22 through the proposed 30-year bond, an additional $150.00 would be levied for the average single- family household.