Senior centre finally gets go ahead

April 11, 2012 by  

After rejecting a bond measure to finance the erection of a brand new facility for seniors in Seekonk, the building committee for the senior center finally voted to approve the measure.

The proposal is to construct a senior centre at a cost of $2.5 million. The motion was approved by a 1,459 to 962 vote. The current facility for seniors has been deemed too small and a group has been lobbying the town to construct a new facility for some years. With two previous no-votes, the use of flyer printing to promote the project and encourage a positive decision may have been excellent promotion for the project.

The chair of the Senior Center Building Committee, Dave Bowden, said the positive go-ahead vote was a long time coming, after people in Seekonk have been attempting to make the senior center a reality for the past 20 years.

The measure, which was approved on the third attempt, was to temporarily suspend a debt exclusion clause as it pertains to property tax hikes. By calling for an override of Proposition 2 1/2, an increase in property taxes would help fund the 9,200-square-foot facility. Current plans are to build the complex on an open lot beside the Town Hall on Peck Street.

The temporary tax hike would add about $8 for every $100,000 in property value. If a property was assessed at $500,000, the tax increase would be $40; however, it would decrease with each passing year until the 20th year, when the $2.5 million bond should be paid off.