Pro­posed FY17 bud­get in­cludes fund­ing for NDHS project

Dorchester Star - - Front Page - By VIC­TO­RIA WINGATE vwingate@ches­

CAM­BRIDGE — Dorch­ester County Coun­cil pro­posed their bud­get for fis­cal year 2017 at the reg­u­lar meet­ing on Tues­day, April 19.

The bud­get to­tals $67,333,790, which is down $6.3 mil­lion from the adopted bud­get in FY16.

The coun­cil pro­poses the same real prop­erty tax rate of $0.976 per $100 of as­sessed prop­erty value in FY17 as in FY16 for out­side of Cam­bridge and Hur­lock. The pro­posed rate for Cam­bridge is $0.9267 and $0.9259 for Hur­lock, and they are slightly less than FY16.

The cap­i­tal bud­get for FY17 to­tals $8,071,358 and in­cludes sev­eral big ticket projects. Dorch­ester County Board of Ed­u­ca­tion would re­ceive $3,021,435 for plan­ning and de­sign of the re­place­ment North Dorch­ester High School project. They are ex­pected to break ground on the new school this sum­mer.

“Se­cur­ing the re­sources for the new North Dorch­ester High School is one of my eight sec­ond term pri­or­i­ties,” said Dorch­ester County Pub­lic Schools Su­per­in­ten­dent Dr. Henry Wag­ner. “This is a project that is crit­i­cally im­por­tant to the peo­ple of the north­ern part of Dorch­ester County and we are very pleased that the county plans to be­gin the for­ward fund­ing of con­struc­tion of this new school.”

Other ma­jor projects in­clude re­place­ment pa­trol cars and bul­let­proof vests for the Dorch­ester County Sher­iff’s Of­fice, am­bu­lance re­place­ment for Dorch­ester County EMS, var­i­ous

projects at the land­fill and the high­way de­part­ment and re­moval of ob­struc­tions to the run­way at the Cam­bridge-Dorch­ester Air­port.

“The cap­i­tal bud­get con­tin­ues its com­mit­ment from last year to an or­derly pro­gram of re­place­ment of pub­lic safety fleet ve­hi­cles,” said County Man­ager Jeremy Gold­man.

The full pro­posed bud­get bill is avail­able to the pub­lic at www.doco­ No one from the pub­lic com­mented at Tues­day’s pub­lic hear­ing. A sec­ond pub­lic hear­ing will be held at 6 p.m. Tues­day, May 10, in the County Of­fice Build­ing. Coun­cil will vote on adop­tion of the bud­get on Tues­day, May 17 at their reg­u­lar meet­ing.


Pic­tured is an artist’s ren­di­tion of a new North Dorch­ester High School, which would fea­ture a two-story build­ing.


An artist’s ren­di­tion for the new North Dorch­ester High School from Cloverdale Road is shown.

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