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March 27, 2013

New Salisbury library faces vote at polls, Town Meeting

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“I think the people have the right to vote on this,” Hunt said. “I think we should hold a public hearing to give the people information to make a good decision.”

The prospect of enlarging Salisbury’s busy, but only 3,000-square-foot library began about eight years ago, and Town Meeting has already supported efforts to build a new one. In June 2007, the library was awarded $40,000 in planning and design funds from the Mass. Board of Library Commissioners, with another $20,000 in matching funds approved by Town Meeting.

And on May 17, 2010, Town Meeting approved the design for the new 17,000-square-foot library, giving overwhelming approval after half an hour of debate. In addition, Town Meeting approved applying for the construction grant from the state, which was ultimately won.

Not since 1997 have Salisbury voters found a debt exclusion question on their ballots. At the polls in 1997, voters approved a debt exclusion question to fund its share of renovations and new equipment at Triton Regional High School.

But the town’s largest debt exclusion vote came in November 1995, when townspeople approved the measure to build a new school. The vote, 831 to 525, set the stage for Town Meeting, which approved issuing $14,600 in bonds to build Salisbury Elementary School.

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