DRACUT — Concern for an elderly town resident has apparently spurred a controversial figure to announce his candidacy for a seat on the Board of Selectmen in the upcoming town election.
Brian Bond is well known in town politics, having served on the Dracut Housing Authority Board of Commissioners, and as a board member of the Community Preservation Commission, Planning Board and as a Dracut Access TV board member.
Bond said a 91-year-old man contacted him and asked how to get an exemption from the town’s 2 percent property tax surcharge. The surcharge is one source of income for the CPC. The other is state funding.
He wrote to Town Manager Jim Duggan to explain the man’s situation. Duggan reached out to him and tried to get relief, but he missed a couple of qualifications, Bond said.
“That’s what gave me the nudge. I want to see if I can help seniors by eliminating that surcharge after they reach a certain age.”
In response to Bond’s comments, Duggan said the individual has indeed qualified for the first exemption, and the resident will see tax savings beginning May 1. The resident, however, did not qualify for the property tax exemption due to his personal finances, Duggan said.
Bond would also like to see to completion an elderly housing project that has stalled several times since it was proposed in 2012. The proposed development is on Greenmont Avenue, near the Bridge Street intersection. Bond says he was involved in the original planning and design for the project
It was first funded by the Community Preservation Commission and approved by Town Meeting, but it was put on the backburner until last fall when Duggan began to move it forward, Bond said.
Bond ran for selectmen, albeit unsuccessfully, in 2009 and 2010 and for Dracut Housing Authority, in 2014, also unsuccessfully.
Bond is also well known in Dracut politics because of his apparent role in incidents at the housing authority and claims that his DATV show “The Connection” made about school department employees.
He vehemently denies the allegations made against him. “Show me the actual evidence,” he said.
In 2014, the Board of Selectmen sent a letter supporting Bond’s removal from the DHA due to a series of allegedly “disgraceful” acts. It was reported at the time that he exchanged angry Facebook and text messages with DHA Chairman Russ Taylor and Warren Shaw.
In 2018, a Facebook page belonging to “The Dracut Connection” alleged two Dracut teachers and an administrator were fired for inappropriate conduct. At the time, School Superintendent Steven Stone called the allegations “spurious and provocative …and entirely without merit.”
At the time Bond was one of four hosts for the show. He as also the show’s producer. A spokesman said that producers are responsible for the content of their shows.
Bond is a lifelong Dracut resident, an electrician, and, with his wife Mary, has two adult children.
Nomination papers are due Monday at the close of business. The town election is May 6.
Selectmen Tony Archinski and Jesse Forcier are seeking re-election. John Joyce, who unsuccessfully ran last year, is running again.