On Monday, October 29, Town Meeting voters will be asked whether they are willing to see their property tax bills go up to pay for the borrowing that will be needed to build a new Department of Public Works facility. Officials are saying that, at today’s rates, that translates to a tax increase of about 12 cents for every $1,000 in a property’s assessed value.
Bourne voters will be asked the same thing by Question 4 on the ballot for the November 6 presidential election.
In order to help voters understand all of the implications of those votes, a forum on the proposed project is set for 7 PM on two consecutive Thursdays, October 18 and October 25, in the Bourne Middle School Library.
Since part of the decision-making process will be to evaluate the need for a new DPW, a tour of the existing public works area, sited on a portion of the Bourne landfill, will be held from 9 AM to noon on Saturday, October 27.
In the fall of last year, when a new DPW facility rose to the top of the town’s list of necessary capital projects, Bourne Enterprise reporter Diana Barth and photographer Gene Marchand took a similar tour, recording what they saw in words and pictures. What follows is a gallery of the photographs taken at that time.