Welcome to the City of Taunton,
one of the oldest cities in the country and the seat of Bristol County. Taunton was founded as a town in 1639 and incorporated as a city in 1864. Taunton is known as the "Silver City" for its rich history in the silver industry. The "Christmas City" is another moniker that Taunton proudly wears for our Christmas display at the historic Taunton Green. Taunton is located in the hub of Southeastern Massachusetts, only 40 miles south of Boston, 18 miles east of Providence and a quick drive to Cape Cod. Taunton is proud to be a business and family friendly community. The Taunton School Department offers a first class education and we are proud of our newly renovated Taunton High School and Field House.
About the Mayor
Mayor Thomas C. Hoye, Jr. began serving as Mayor in January of 2012. Tom is a devoted husband and loving father of three. His wife, Stephanie, is an Elementary School Principal and a life-long Tauntonian. Together they have three children: Sophia (age 11), Tommy (age 8), and Lilah (age 5).
Mayor Hoye is a life-long resident of Taunton, and the Hoye family has served Taunton in various capacities for the last four generations. Tom received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Bridgewater State University, and a Masters of Education from Fitchburg State College. After college, Tom returned to Taunton where he worked in the Morton Hospital Sports Medicine Program, as a Certified Athletic Trainer. He was the first hire of the program and was employed there for 18 years until beginning his tenure as Mayor. In addition, Mayor Hoye also taught in the Taunton Public School’s for 12 years until his election to the Office of Mayor. Mayor Hoye is heavily involved in youth sports, with his children, here in Taunton presently coaching or managing several softball teams in the Taunton Girls Softball League, he also is currently an assistant coach at the Taunton Western Little League and Metro West Basketball. In the past, Mayor Hoye has also coached at the Taunton Boys and Girls Club and Taunton Jr. Basketball. Mayor Hoye is also the co-owner of Tom and Jimmy’s Ice Cream and Del’s Lemonade located here in Taunton.
He has served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Boys & Girls Club of Taunton, and as a member of the Taunton Industrial Theatre, Board of Directors. Prior to being elected Mayor, Hoye served for ten years as a member of the Municipal Council, with distinction. As a member of the Municipal Council he held several key leadership roles, and chaired such committees as: Department of Public Works, ADA, Solid Waste, Public Property and Needs of the Airport. He was also the lead negotiator on the Adessa Impact Water Settlement.
The Hoye Administration has worked hard to make significant progress throughout the City. Below are a few milestones throughout the years.
JANUARY - DECEMBER 2012
- Mayor Hoye introduced a more effective way of doing business by streamlining the permitting process.
- City Hall hours were modified to improve access for residents.
- The first phase of the Downtown Improvement Project was completed which includes new sidewalks, stamped concrete steel railings, and modern parking kiosks.
- The City utilized $9.2 million in State and Federal infrastructure grants to redevelop 220 industrial acres in the Myles Standish Industrial Park.
- The City entered into a partnership with the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe to build a destination resort casino in Taunton. The people of Taunton voted 63% in favor of the project, and the City successfully negotiated an Intergovernmental Agreement with the Tribe. The Tribe paid for all consulting costs related to mitigation and negotiations, and the City received a payment from the Tribe of $1.5 million.
- The City was awarded its first ever SAFER grant worth $1.35 million, which allowed the Fire Department to hire and train 8 new firefighters.
- In September, Mayor Hoye kicked off the first annual Miles with the Mayor 5K road race to promote healthy living and wellness throughout the City.
JANUARY - DECEMBER 2013
- The Hoye Administration remained focused on finding innovative solutions and enhancing technology to make government more efficient to better serve the community. The City was awarded a Commonwealth Connect grant for the mobile app "See Click Fix" which gives residents the opportunity to generate work orders and track issues through the Department of Public Works.
- The Administration fought diligently in land court to take over notorious blighted properties. Most notably, the City took possession of the Star Theatre, a structurally unsound property which posed a threat to public safety in the heart of the Downtown.
- In July, Mayor Hoye held the first ever Family 4th Night, a family friendly 4th of July celebration complete with musical entertainment, fireworks, and food trucks.
- The Mayor formed a Charter Review Committee to review, and make recommendations to revise, the City's archaic City charter.
- The Administration implemented sound financial practices and re-evaluated spending practices. The City's fiscal health not only improved, but later reflected $9.8 million in free cash.
- Critical water, sewer, and ADA upgrades were planned and completed.
- A new business, Columbia Gas, was welcomed to the Myles Standish Industrial Park.
- In December the City hosted its largest event on record, the 100th Lighting of the Green and Lights On Festival, which attracted over 10,000 people to the Downtown Taunton area.
JANUARY - DECEMBER 2014
- In 2014 Phases 4 and 5 of the Myles Standish Industrial Project were well underway. Sullivan Tire joined the park, as well as The Martignetti Companies which committed to a $100M investment, retention of 800 jobs, and the purchase and reuse of over 115 acres of land on the former Paul A. Dever Campus.
- Taunton, in partnership with the YMCA, was awarded a Mass in Motion grant to promote healthy lifestyles and wellness, specifically to low-income families.
- The City's Law Department took possession of and cleaned up several properties including, but not limited to; Merrill Ave, High Street Ext., Norton Ave, and the notorious 115 Tremont Street.
- The Mayor formed the Taunton Opiate Task Force to combat opiate addiction in the City of Taunton (which today has been awarded over $1 million in grants and has 88 key stakeholders in the community).
- The Mayor formed a Capital Improvement Advisory Committee, called on to review assets, complete a needs assessment, and prepare a plan to systematically repair and upgrade our public buildings and infrastructure.
- In 2014 graduation rates soared to almost 90%, and the dropout rate fell to 1.7% in Taunton Public Schools.
JANUARY - DECEMBER 2015
- In 2015 the Myles Standish Industrial Park continued to grow, welcoming Dennis Burke and the Boston Globe headquarters. With these additions the vacancy rate of the park dropped to less than five percent.
- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe completed the MEPA process and was granted land into trust completing the last set of approvals needed to build a destination resort casino in Taunton.
- Mayor Hoye created a new working group, Transitioning Taunton, with the objective of bringing together the major economic stake holders in our community to share ideas, strengthen relationships and to find common ground.
- The Star Theatre was razed allowing for plan and design development for the future of our historic City Hall.
- The City of Taunton reached an agreement with the US Army Reserve to purchase for $500,000 the blighted former Elizabeth Pole School.
- The District was accepted into the MSBA rapid repair program for the Bennett and Martin Schools, and began exploring the potential to replace the Mulcahey and Hopewell Schools.
- In 2015 more roads and sidewalks were repaired than ever before, and the City updated its roadway management plan.
- The Mayor's kids summer track series reached record enrollment.
In 2016 there is much to look forward to. Some early milestones include:
- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe broke ground for the First Light Resort & Casino on April 5, 2016. The buildout will produce 1000 union construction jobs with an estimated $230 million in construction payroll. Additionally, more than 2,650 full time and part time jobs will be created within the next two years.
- Major roadway infrastructure upgrades, including Harts Four Corners, Gordon Owen Riverway, and the Route 24 and 140 interchange will begin construction.
- The City of Taunton's Mass in Motion program is planning a summer long farmers' market on Thursday nights at Hopewell Park.
- The Pioneer Institute Public Policy Research and Center for Economic Opportunity released a report “Ten Years Later: Trends in Urban Redevelopment”, that concluded Taunton is a top performer in Massachusetts' Middle Cities across indicators of education, crime, population, unemployment, performance, and municipal fiscal health.