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SPECIAL TOWN MEETING NOV 7th & SPECIAL ELECTION NOV 15th
CONCORD BOARD OF SELECTMEN CALLS SPECIAL TOWN MEETING FOR NOV 7th AND SPECIAL ELECTION FOR NOV 15th

At its meeting on October 3, the Concord Board of Selectmen voted to call a Special Town Meeting for Monday, November 7, 2011, for the purpose of considering two issues.  The first is to approve the Regional School District’s borrowing of $88,494,844 for the design and construction of a new regional high school at 500 Walden Street, a portion of which will be eligible for state reimbursement; and to approve the District’s borrowing of $4,083,680 for the design and construction of an alternative physical education center, to be located on the site of the new District High School.

The second issue is to establish a Stabilization Fund for the purpose of reserving funds to be used to lower the tax levy impact of Concord’s assessed share of the principal and interest payment on bonds to be issued by the Regional School District for the new District High School construction.
 
The Warrant for the Special Town Meeting is now open and will remain open until 4:00 pm on Thursday, October 13, 2011.  Petition articles to be included on the Warrant may be submitted to the Town Manager’s Office at the Town House prior to the October 13th deadline.  A minimum of 100 signatures is required on a petition article.  

A Special Town Election has been called for Tuesday, November 15 for the purpose of considering whether Concord will vote to exclude from Proposition 2½ Concord’s allocable share of the bonds issued by the Concord-Carlisle Regional School District.  The polls will be open from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm on November 15th.

The tentative language of the two proposed Warrant Articles and the Ballot Question for the November 15th Special Election is included at the end of this News Release.

The deadlines for new residents to register to vote for participation in either the Special Town Meeting or Special Town Election are as follows:

  • Special Town Meeting – registration deadline is Friday, October 28, 2011—Clerk’s Office open until 8:00 pm on October 28th
  • Special Town Election – registration deadline is Wednesday, October 26, 2011—Clerk’s Office will be open until 8:00 pm on October 26th
Registration may be done in person at the Town Clerk’s Office Mondays through Fridays, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, or at the extended hours on October 26th and 28th above, or by mail.  Contact the Town Clerk’s Office for a mail-in registration form – townclerk@concordma.gov or 978-318-3080.


TENTATIVE LANGUAGE OF TOWN MEETING WARRANT ARTICLES

Concord-Carlisle High School Building Project

Article ___. To see if the Town will approve the $88,494,844 borrowing authorized by the Concord-Carlisle Regional School District (the “District”), for the purpose of paying costs of designing, constructing, originally equipping and furnishing a new District High School, to be located at 500 Walden Street, Concord, including the payment of all costs incidental or related thereto (the “Project”), which school facility shall have an anticipated useful life as an educational facility for the instruction of school children of at least 50 years, and for which the District may be eligible for a school construction grant from the Massachusetts School Building Authority (“MSBA”), and the $4,083,680 borrowing authorized by the District for the design and construction of an alternative physical education center, to be located on the site of the new District High School, for which the District is not eligible for a school construction grant from the MSBA, said amounts to be expended at the direction of the School Building Committee. The MSBA’s grant program is a non-entitlement, discretionary program based on need, as determined by the MSBA, and any Project costs the District incurs in excess of any grant approved by and received from the MSBA shall be the sole responsibility of the District and its member municipalities. Any grant that the District may receive from the MSBA for the Project shall not exceed the lesser of (1) thirty-four and fifty-eight hundredths percent (34.58%), or thirty-five and fifty-eight hundredths percent (35.58%) if the District receives final approval from the state’s Inspector General to utilize the Construction Manager-at-Risk construction delivery method for this project, of eligible, approved Project costs, as determined by the MSBA, or (2) the total maximum grant amount determined by the MSBA.



High School Debt Stabilization Fund Creation & Funding

Article ___.    To determine whether the Town will vote to establish a Stabilization Fund, pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 40, section 5B, for the purpose of reserving funds to be used to lower the tax levy impact of the Town’s assessed share of principal and interest payment on bonds to be issued by the Concord-Carlisle Regional School District for the new District High School construction project pursuant to a vote of the Regional School Committee on September 27, 2011, said Stabilization Fund to be invested by the Town Treasurer and to retain its own interest earnings as provided by law; and further, provided that the amounts required to pay the Town’s assessable share of the bonds to be issued by the Concord-Carlisle Regional School District have been  voted by the Town to be exempt from the limitation of taxes imposed by Massachusetts General laws Chapter 59, s.21C, Clause (k) (Proposition 2 ½), and upon certification of the June 30, 2011 Free Cash balance, the sum of $2,000,000 be appropriated from said balance and be transferred by the Town Treasurer into said Stabilization Fund at the earliest opportunity; or take any other action relative thereto.



LANGUAGE OF NOVEMBER 15TH BALLOT QUESTION

QUESTION 1

Shall the Town of Concord be allowed to exempt from the provisions of Proposition Two and One-half, so called, the amounts required to pay the Town’s allocable share of the bonds issued by the Concord-Carlisle Regional School District for the purpose of paying costs of designing, constructing, originally equipping and furnishing a new District High School and alternative physical education center, to be located at 500 Walden Street, Concord, including the payment of all costs incidental or related thereto?  October 7, 2011


For further information:        Town Clerk’s Office
                                townclerk@concordma.gov
                                978-318-3080



 
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