Voters at Foxborough’s Town Meeting this fall are likely to be asked to approve funding of roughly $500,000 to help build a turf field complex for the community and OK a funding plan for construction of a new Town Hall.
But where’s the money coming from?
A $1 million surplus from Foxborough High School’s renovation project had been linked to partially funding either the new Town Hall or the turf field project, or both, but Foxborough’s Finance Director Randy Scollins told selectmen last week the surplus cannot be used on the turf field project because the funds can only be used for renovation projects.
To date, roughly $260,000 of the $3 million needed has been secured for the turf field project. Town Meeting voters will likely be asked to approve the School Committee’s request for an appropriation of $500,000 to assist in funding the project. The Turf’s Up committee has said it plans to raise an additional $250,000 to exceed the $1 million needed to begin construction on the turf field. The project, if approved, would be done in two phases, beginning with the construction of the field, lights and fencing. The second phase would be the construction of a track, bleachers and a concession stand.
As for the roughly $8 million Town Hall project, Scollins told selectmen the $1 million surplus could be used towards construction of a new Town Hall – something Town Manager Kevin Paicos recommended at last week’s meeting. Under the recommended funding plan for a new Town Hall, the $1 million surplus would be used in addition to $549,000 from the capital stabilization fund while borrowing $6.4 million..
While a date has not been set for Foxborough’s Special Town Meeting, Board of Selectmen chair James DeVellis said the town has been looking at Dec. 11 as the most likely date.
So Foxborough, we want to know …
Today’s question: What would you like to see the $1 million surplus from the Foxborough High School renovation project spent on in town? And how do you plan to vote at Town Meeting on the turf field and new Town Hall projects? Let us know in the comments section below!