St. Joe looks at town hall estimatesPreliminary estimates for the construction of a new town hall were presented to the St. Joseph Town Board on Thursday to a mixed reception.
By: By Chris Hamble, Hudson Star-Observer
Preliminary estimates for the construction of a new town hall were presented to the St. Joseph Town Board on Thursday to a mixed reception. The approximate cost to build a new building to house the town hall is estimated at $500,000.
At this price, local residents would see a tax increase of approximately $13.58 per $100,000 valuation of their homes. Nothing was decided at the meeting, however, as concerns from the public and the Town Board were heard.
A possible short-term solution was also presented, which would involve adding two bays on the east side of the building for the Fire Department, at an approximate cost of $300,000. Future expansion, though, would not be possible at this site.
The Town Board approved a conditional draft for plans to build a joint library with neighboring municipalities, with a final approval to come during the September board meeting. Even with final approval, however, the joint library in Hudson is not guaranteed. St. Joe residents will vote on the issue in November, and if any ballot questions regarding the library fail in any of the municipalities, the deal may be off.