Slot machine parlor, school projects on Aug. 13 ballot


The town will be holding a special election for two purposes on Aug. 13. Voters will consider a referendum on a proposed slot machine parlor at Raynham Park and two ballot questions on proposed debt exclusions, or temporary tax increases, to pay for school roof replacement projects. July 24 is the deadline to register to vote in the special election. Town Clerk Marsha Silvia said state law requires absentee ballots to be available starting three weeks prior to the election, but she is attempting to have them available earlier to accommodate the large number of residents with vacation plans. A Special Town Meeting May 20 appropriated $1.46 million to replace the roof at the LaLiberte Elementary School, and $1.42 million to replace the roof at the L.B. Merrill Elementary School. The state has agreed to provide approximately 55 percent reimbursement for the costs of the projects, which are proposed by the Bridgewater-Raynham Regional School District. The debt exclusions would fund the town’s share. George Carney, the owner of Raynham Park, and his partner Greenwood Racing, have proposed a new 175,000-square-foot building, entertainment venue, retail stores, and restaurants, with up to 1,250 slot machines.

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