Sudbury will have a new police station after residents approved the project during night one of Annual Town Meeting on Monday night.
Debate ensued during the meeting and over recent days after projected costs for the plans increased by $700,000 from an original estimated budget of $7.2 million to an updated total of $7.9 million.
That spike in the projected budget caused the Finance Committee to rescind its support of the police station last week. Board members said that residents supported the plans at the ballot box believing its would cost $7.2 million, and should not be asked to vote for a higher amount.
On Monday, an amendment was put forward for voters to approve the police station at $7.9 million. However, after debate by residents, the amendment narrowly failed.
The original article was approved, meaning voters supported the police station for the cost of $7.2 million.
According to Scott O'Connell of the MetroWest Daily News, if costs for the police station exceed $7.2 million, it is possible that another Town Meeting may need to be called.
Check back with Sudbury Patch for reaction from town officials on the police station vote.
What is your take on Monday's police station vote? Are you happy the plans were approved at $7.2 million? Would you rather they have been approved for $7.9 million? Let us know in the comments section below.