Seekonk to build new animal shelter

April 28, 2017 by  

Voters in Seekonk recently approved a measure that will impose a temporary tax increase, through a debt exclusion from Proposition 2½, the tax limiting law in the state, in order to build a new animal shelter in the town.

A special town meeting was held last month at which members approved a warrant article so the project could be funded. It will cost $950,000 to construct and furnish the shelter, and it will be built on Peck Street on land adjacent to the current structure.

Shawn Cadime, Town Administrator, had urged approval of the measure as the renovations cost for the existing shelter were rather high. As the lowest estimate was $740,000, it made more sense to build a new shelter.

Bruce Alexander, Finance Director, said that if the town pays for the project over 20 years, the average taxpayer whose home is valued at $300,000 would see their taxes increase by $12 a year. If the project is paid off in 10 years, then the increase would be $7.19 per year. He added that the tax increase will end as soon as the loan is paid off.

Now that the measure has been approved, the town can start the design and construction process and create flyers that can be distributed to residents with more information about the amenities and expanded offerings in the new shelter.