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Tewksbury's loss???

 Penn National is going to get slots license in Plainville could have been Tewksbury's gaming commission very impressed with Penn.
malcolm nichols March 01, 2014 at 08:24 AM
Moira, I believe the list includes a new police station, new fire station, new library, major middle school renovation. In addition to the High School and water renovation and sewer.
Paul March 02, 2014 at 02:11 PM
Look at all the other communities that said "No" to being a host - the only ones who sadi "yes" were the ones who already had gambling related or other dubious businesses (Plainville, Revere) in place. If I wanted that type of community I would move to Revere - home of the Squire.
Donna Marie Robitaille March 04, 2014 at 05:10 PM
To Becca Bell, it was not ever poor management that drew Tewksbury into the mess of charging residents too much. You are absolutely right that the astronomical cost is unfair. The huge amounts of development should have helped, however we went shopping for nice things with no money. The beautiful police station and library had to be paid for. The enormous and expensive sewer/water projects are a valuable asset that residents are struggling to pay for. At the same time residents have to endure an overly crowded Main Street and dangerous intersections throughout town created from a lot of building/development over the past twenty years. Our Town Hall has always done their best to manage the money. Tewksbury town officials made sure projects were in this community's best interest. Tax dollars just do not seem even any longer. I hope we never offer incentives,breaks or deals to those wishing to now set up shop here. I believe it is time to get more than the tax dollar. Our residents should not be held hostage to holding the tab while we lure large business newcomers by easing their financial burden.
TONY D March 05, 2014 at 09:37 AM
BB - Please expand on this statement "With ALL the industry/large companies in Tewksbury". ???
kathie dell March 21, 2014 at 10:46 AM
Just have to add my two cents regarding not offering business incentives...please correct me if I am wrong, but do not the neighboring towns offer such? The ones with fabulously filled office parking lots and shopping lots at lunch time? So an ariel/bird's eye of Ballard vale (sp?) in Wilmington. Why are those businesses there? People are sooo afraid of incentives to these businesses but I don't think it's been properly explained to them. We are no longer the small rural community of 20 years ago. We've put plans in place to hopefully ensure that the newest monstrosity going up near the Wynn will be the last! But unless we want to turn into a receivership town, we need to sustain. Getting these businesses here will help to that and share the burden, which is a write-off for these businesses and not the townspeople as private residents. If your boss said, either you loose your job and make nothing OR take a 5% pay cut, assuming there is no other job out there) would you take the pay cut and have 95% income? Or would you say 'No' and have kept 5% of nothing in your pocket, instead of 95% of something? (leaving un-employment, severance packages, etc. off the table). You see, by offering no incentives to these businesses, we are shutting them out completely. While if we offered them an incentive, 5% tax break for length of stay, or something, we would be adding 95% of the tax income. And guess what comes next? Their employee's needing to run errands during lunch - this boosts local economy. Similar to the reasons the BOS was on-board with hosting the casino and the job opportunity's is the same reason and impact, those employed by new businesses could positively impact the growth and wellness of the small local businesses struggling in our community. Just some food for thought.

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