Grand Isle To Vote On $3.7 Million Bond For New Town Center

By Staci DaSilva |

Published 02/06 2014 05:29PM

Updated 02/06 2014 07:37PM


On Town Meeting day, homeowners in one Vermont town are voting on a bond that could increase their taxes by a few hundred dollars a year.

That's because Grand Isle, VT has outgrown its town facilities, according to Ron Bushway, Chair of the Grand Isle Selectboard. He says, the town office is full and the library is too small.

“Town library should have actually been built years ago,” said Bushway. “It's only got 900 sq. ft. It's way too small for this town."

So, on Town Meeting Day in March, voters will be deciding whether to grant a $3.7 million bond to build a new 9,000 sq. ft. town center at Island Industrial Park about a mile away from the current town offices. The center is being designed by Weimann Lamphere Architects.

“The numbers that we've come up with so far, on $3.7 million, on a $100,000 home, the taxes would go up approximately $100,” Bushway said.

That's if it becomes necessary to bond the whole amount. Bushway and his board are hoping to use grants and savings to offset the bond.

If approved on Town Meeting Day, construction would start in the fall, but that's not all.

Adjacent to that site is the spot picked out for the new $1.75 million fire station. That’s being paid for with a bond passed last year. Groundbreaking for the new fire station could be as soon as this spring.

For or against this bond? You have a chance to learn more before voting.

There's a public hearing coming up the 19th. It will be at 7pm at Grand Isle United Methodist Church,

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