Bristol preps for firehouse vote

BRISTOL — After approving preliminary $3.19 million plans to construct a new firehouse, the Bristol selectboard will hold a series of public information meetings later this month. Officials have also released estimates on the property tax impact of approving the project.
Plans call for Bristol to purchase 9.03 acres on West Street for a price of $350,000. The cost of the land, combined with firehouse construction and site and permitting costs, brings the total estimate to $3.19 million. Property owner Kevin Harper would pay for the initial construction, and after completion, the town would pay for the building and the land.
Before the bond goes before the town on July 7, information sessions are scheduled for consecutive Wednesday evenings on June 10, 17 and 24 at 7:15 p.m. at Holley Hall in downtown Bristol. There will be ice cream and shirt raffles on all three nights.
The Bristol Fire Department will also host an open house at the existing firehouse on Saturday, June 20 from 8 a.m. to noon. Coffee and snacks, including donuts made on-site, will be offered.
More information on the new firehouse, including design drawings, is available at the entrance to Holley Hall.
The estimated impact on property taxes is as follows:
• For a $100,000 home: $79.30 a year.
• For a $150,000 home: $118.95 a year.
• For a $200,000 home: $158.60 a year.
• For a $250,000 home: $198.25 a year.

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