Officials trying to word questions for referendum

Blackstone is moving closer to approving proposed wording for two questions to be placed on the Nov. 3rd ballot.

The non-binding referendum will help Town Council decide whether to renovate the Harris Memorial Armory -- a question that has dogged five previous Councils since 2002 -- or build a recreation center with gym and indoor pool; or do neither.

Town Attorney Tessie Bacon has provided several options to Council and has advised officials to have the two questions mirror legislation passed by the General Assembly earlier this year approving the Town’s charter change.

“My suggestion is to keep the questions relatively simple,” Mrs. Bacon said in a recent memo, “and then to use an additional document to further explain the costs and the use of each facility that would be constructed/remodeled.”

Mrs. Bacon’s preferred wording leaves-out the estimated construction price tags of both projects -- $2.1 million for the Armory and $7.6 million for the rec. center.







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