Selectmen approve single tax rate, appoint board members

Westborough – At the Westborough Board of Selectmen’s Nov. 16 meeting, the selectmen saw a number of residents appointed to town positions, established a tax rate and heard updates about a variety of issues around town.

A tax classification hearing took place after a presentation from the Board of Assessors about tax issues heading into the new year. The assessors reported that the total value of property in the town has decreased by $158.5 million and that, while the average singlefamily home assessment has decreased by roughly $15,000, next year’s average tax increase would be $264. The board also voted to keep a single tax rate, which they think will increase commerce in the area. The board also reported 20 foreclosures this year.

A request to reappoint two members to the Westborough Television Board of Directors was successful. Catie Foertsch asked that she and Joe MacDonough be reappointed.

“We are reaching for the sky and doing great stuff ,” Foertsch said.

Steven Liedell nominated Jody Hensley to the Housing Partnership Committee.

“I think aff ordable housing supports a diverse local workforce,” he said. “Economic and social integration is healthy for a community.”

Farooq Ansari presented an updated plan on behalf of Zaara Gardens. While they had a previously approved site plan, the new site plan would create a cul-de-sac, as opposed to creating an outlet at Granger Road and would reduce the number of homes from 14 to 12, and. three aff ordable housing units. Local residents voiced concerns about traffi c pattern s an d th e matter will be investigated further.

Attorney John Matson represented the Brossi Duplex on 45 Lyman St. and requested a waiver of part of the sewer connection fee, a cut from $15,000 to $7,500. Often granted for aff ordable housing projects, the tax waiver was shot down by the board by a 3-1 vote.

Annually approved, an extension on New Year’s Eve liquor sales will allow locations to serve until 2 a.m. instead of the usual midnight cutoff . A vote resulted in a 2-2 decision and was tabled until the next meeting.

Attorney John Matson, who represents Sunshine Convenience Food Store, made a final request for an all-alcohol package store liquor license at the Main Street location. The motion was passed unanimously. Located at 65 East Main St., the board granted a request to Maryann Silva, representing Honey Dew Donuts, for a common victualler permit. Moreover, all liquor licenses were renewed. Lastly, Subway on West Main Street was granted a common victualler license.

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