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Override-friendly Southborough says: "No!"

Posted by Ralph Ranalli May 15, 2007 12:37 PM

Southborough voters shot down three overrides, including one that would have funded renovation designs for the town's police station (shown here behind Chief William Webber).
(Globe staff photo by Bill Polo)


In a surprising move, Southborough voters shot down three property tax limit overrides at the polls Monday, a move that officials say will result in town-wide cuts.

Town voters have, in recently history, generally been override supporters. This year, however, residents voted 690 to 592 against a $600,000 Proposition 2 ˝ operational override, according to Town Clerk Paul Berry. As a result, there likely will be cuts in budgets for the schools, the police and fire departments, the library, and town government that will include eliminating three teaching positions and one of the town's two ambulances in service.

Voters also shot down a $450,000 debt exclusion override for improvements to the Neary School and a $96,000 debt exclusion override to fund renovation designs for the police station.

An operation override permanently raises the town's taxing limits, while a debt exclusion override lasts only until the money borrowed for a specific construction project are paid off. Berry said turnout was lower than normal with just 21 percent of the town’s 6,200 registered voters casting ballots.

-- Jennifer Rosinski

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