Will Guilford voters be satisfied with third building project?

GUILFORD – The new town hall and highway garage proposal has been trimmed by nearly $1 million and won’t raise taxes, one Guilford official says, but will that be enough to satisfy voters come Nov. 6?

In less than two years the project has been revised twice and voted down twice, but that doesn’t lessen the need for the new facilities, says town councilman Bruce Winsor.

A public hearing on the building proposal is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 22 at the Guilford Town Hall. A second hearing will also be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25 at the Mt. Upton Fire House.

The proposition was last defeated Nov. 7, 2006, by a vote of 364 to 280. Winsor says 249 other voters went into the booth that day, but failed to pull the lever.

“We need this building project. We’re outgrowing what we have, and what we have isn’t safe. We have a building that is falling down,” Winsor said. He compared the situation to owning a home: “It’s like when you have a house; you have to keep it up. You have to make repairs.”

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