Shared Services building scheduled for Town of Owego

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A Shared Services building scheduled to be built in the Town of Owego is drawing some debate. 

The complex is set to be built behind the current Owego Town Hall and will be occupied by several of the municipalities services such as the highway department, utilities office and parks department. 

Town of Owego Supervisor Don Castellucci says that bids for the project are coming in at around $9.4 million.

The largest portion of the funding will be paid for through a $6 million bond which was approved last December. 

The rest of the funding comes through several avenues including the town’s reserves, the sale of the Owego Town pit, FEMA, this year’s budget, and a state grant. 

Castellucci says that they have been planning this since around 2013 and that the facilities are in desperate need for an upgrade. 

Former Town of Owego Supervisor Carol Sweeney says it would be great to get the Shared Services Building out of the flood plane, but not at this price.

Sweeney says the initial price of the project was quoted at $6 million in total.

Now after including construction, engineering and other fees she says it will cost upwards of $12 to $13 million.

She says the benefits of the new building do not outweigh the burden the price will place on tax payers. 

The town will be accepting bids at tomorrow’s board meeting.

Sweeney says residents should get involved and have their voices heard. 

Castellucci estimates the project to be completed around Spring of 2020. 

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