Waterbury voters head to the polls Thursday to weigh in on a $5 million bond measure to purchase and revamp buildings in the state office complex.
Stanley and Wasson Halls were flooded during Tropical Storm Irene. They're among the buildings the state is either demolishing or unloading as part of its plan at the complex.
Waterbury officials would like to tear down Stanley Hall-- that's the former headquarters of the Vermont State Colleges. In its place, they'd like to build a new home for town offices, the library, the historical society and possibly the police department.
Bond supporters call the vote a referendum on Waterbury's recovery.
"We lost a lot in the flood, but we've made incredible strides coming back and this is just another part of our continuing recovery," said Rep. Tom Stevens, D-Waterbury. "We need to have a Town Hall. We'd like to have a better library and historical society, and it makes perfect sense to then take the police department and put them all into one municipal complex-- in one place that's going to be rebuilt in a really energy-efficient and money-efficient way," said Rep. Tom Stevens, D-Waterbury.
Opponents say the bond proposal has been rushed and will add debt the community cannot afford.