Bond Referendum-Local Question #8 on the 2016 Ballot
On November 8, 2016, Bristol residents will vote on the proposed $17 million bond referendum. If approved, the bond will allow the Town of Bristol to borrow funds for drainage projects, road and sidewalk repairs and improvements, renovations to public buildings, acquisition of open space, and the expansion of the Town-owned marina. Read below for more information.
The Town is facing numerous drainage problems. This portion of the bond will enable the Town to continue the Tanyard Brook drainage improvements, and provide solutions for other troublesome drainage areas including the Silver Creek watershed.
Road and Sidewalk Repairs and Improvements-$5,000,000
Bond funds will be utilized to continue ongoing roadway and sidewalk construction and repairs throughout the community. This will allow the Town to continue implementing its pavement management plan and improve the conditions of neighborhood streets for motor vehicles and pedestrians.
Rehabilitation and Renovations to Public Buildings-$1,000,000
This will provide funding to rehabilitate and renovate as needed the Town's public buildings, including the historic downtown decommissioned school buildings (Byfield, Reynolds, and Walley).
Acquisition of Open Space-$2,000,000
The Town will continue to acquire property or conservation easements on open space properties, woodlands, farmland, watershed areas, shoreline access, and provide additional passive recreation space for future generations. This program boosts tourism and healthy outdoor recreation opportunities, and improves the overall quality of life for all residents.
The Town has a long resident wait list for dock space in the Bristol Harbor. This porition of the bond will be used to construct a marina to the south of Church Street Dock, which will also provide a source of future revenue to the Town.