Last week, the City Council voted to form a committee charged with finding possible locations for a new east side fire station. The envisioned facility would replace the Maplewood Station on Laurel Street, which Fire Chief Michael Murphy closed last month due to health concerns for the firefighters who worked there.
The council also touched on the idea of a debt exclusion to pay for a possible new station. Under Proposition 2 ½, cities and towns in Massachusetts cannot increase the total property tax levy by more than 2.5 percent unless the public votes to do so. An override would be a permanent increase to the tax levy, while a debt exclusion would increase taxes for a specified period, and then come off the tax rate once over.
The council and mayor would have to approve putting the measure on the ballot, and the voters would have to approve the debt exclusion before taxes could be raised.
For this week’s You Said It, we want to know: Would you support a temporary tax increase to build a new east side fire station? Tell us what you think in the comments below or upload your own video response.