Advisory Committee member Al Hamilton has a plan to balance the budget, and it doesn’t revolve around layoffs or salary freezes or cuts to programs. What’s his magic bullet?
Sell the Southborough Arts Center.
Or Fayville Hall, or Fire Station 2, or the Cemetery Building, all of which he labels “money pits.” In a recent letter to the Southborough Villager, Hamilton makes his case using the Arts Center as his primary example. Here’s an excerpt:
The point of this example is not to pick on the Arts Center, but to suggest that this is but one of many examples of wasteful and ineffective practices that are just “business as usual” in Southborough. Southborough, exclusive of schools, operates about 85,000 square feet of space (this is equal to about 30 homes) spread over nine buildings. No rational process would lead a disinterested party to recommend this configuration and the funds dedicated to the maintenance of this space are completely inadequate.
The Board of Selectmen takes up the issue of the Arts Center at their meeting tonight.
What do you think? Should the town sell the Arts Center or other municipal buildings to help reduce costs and balance the budget? Share your thoughts in the comments.