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Wakefield City Council ponders fading population base

 

September 11, 2018

P.J. Glisson/Daily Globe

DURING A financial presentation at Monday's Wakefield City Council meeting, Bob Blaskowski of Wakefield asks council members to plan carefully for the future, which might bring with it continuing loss of income and population.

By P.J. GLISSON

news@yourdailyglobe.com

WAKEFIELD - While presenting a Monday report called "Wakefield's 10-Year Financial Forecast," Bob Blaskowski warned Wakefield's city council of "what we might call a slow-moving train wreck."

Blaskowski, of Wakefield, said the city is mired in declining property values, rising utility costs, and significant responsibilities in the way of employee health care and pensions while also witnessing a shrinking tax base due to fading population.

The former city councilman said the city's population in 2006 was closer to 1,900, whereas now it is 1,709. Given...



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