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Voters OK tax hike for Brentwood project

Avon’s voters overwhelmingly voted to raise taxes to pay for improvements to the Brentwood area of town, which currently has frequent water main breaks and failing roads.

The vote in the Sept. 12 special election was 204 in favor, to 129 against, overriding the limits of Proposition 2 ½ to borrow up to $8.1 million for the project.

Town officials estimated the average homeowner, with a house assessed at $276,000, would pay about $180 more in property taxes the first year.

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The project involves replacing unlined cast iron water pipes in the 13-street subdivision, which was built in the 1950s, and then rebuilding the roads and sidewalks above them.

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Town officials said the improvements would benefit not only the immediate neighborhood of 175 homes, but also improve water pressure for the Fire Department throughout Avon.

Town Clerk Patricia Bessette said about 10 percent of Avon’s registered voters participated in the election.

Johanna Seltz can be reached at seltzjohanna@gmail.com.