Multi-million dollar DPW proposal in Longmeadow moves onto town election vote

LONGMEADOW, Mass. (WWLP) – Property taxes in Longmeadow could soon get more expensive.

Two articles that would allow the town to build a new, multi-million dollar DPW facility passed at a town meeting Tuesday night.

Under the proposal, the town would purchase 12-acres of land at 170 Dwight Road, and turn into a DPW facility.

The land alone would cost the town $2,600,000, while building and equipping the facility would cost another $18,605,000.

If the proposal passes, the average homeowner would see their annual property taxes increase by about $200.

The town’s current DPW facility is located at 31 Pondside Road, and is more than 80-years-old. Town Manager Stephen Crane told 22News the facility is outdated and too small for their equipment. He also said it would be difficult to rebuild on the same property, because it’s located in a flood plain.

Residents will now get a chance to vote on the issue at their annual town elections June 13th. The proposal requires a two-thirds majority vote to pass.