September’s sales tax figures in Windsor continued to set records and single family residential building permits again declined slightly, all marking an end to a busy summer season and segueing the town into the hectic holiday season.
Through the end of September, the town collected 14 percent more sales tax revenue than the same time in 2012, totaling more than $4.3 million on the year. If the pace continues as financial planners expect, the town should eclipse the $6.5 million mark.
Simultaneously, building permits were down nearly 17 percent when compared to this time last year. That mark may not tell the full story — there have still been 286 single-family home permits issued in addition to a handful of commercial and industrial permits, placing the town well above many other communities in the region.
Still, planners have continued discussions about how to expand utilities to certain parts of the community so new home construction can continue.
Before Monday’s meeting, the Windsor Downtown Development Authority in a work session with the town board outlined its plans for moving forward with a project to expand the area north of Main Street near Boardwalk Park. Noting that the project is still in the very early stages, DDA leaders said the community is clearly in favor of doing some sort of expansion that could include apartments and new storefronts in place of the existing dirt lot.
The DDA also announced it is seeking consultant company proposals for a feasibility study that could shed light on what, if any, potential the historic mill on the edge of town has moving forward. The group is working with the Department of Local Affairs on the study, which will outline approximate costs and what types of services could eventually thrive in the dilapidated building that was badly damaged during the 2008 tornado.
The deadline for qualified companies to submit requests for proposal (RFPs) is Nov. 27, and additional information will likely be circulated early in 2014.