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Renovated library, new senior center on track after Northborough vote

Posted by Ralph Ranalli May 15, 2007 12:41 PM

Voters in Northborough approved funds for a renovated library yesterday.
(Globe staff photo by Wendy Maeda)


A renovated and expanded library will open to the public by the end of next year and plans for a new $6 million senior center are in the works following positive override votes in yesterday's election.

Town voters also returned all incumbents to their respective offices.

A measure to increase taxes by $1.7 million to pay for the cost increase of the library project won by a vote of 1,652 to 1,165, Town Clerk Andrew Dowd said. The debt exclusion override will cost the average homeowner an estimated $22.07 a year for 20 years. The $8 million library project is being paid for with a combination of town, state and donated funds.

The override to pay for a $495,000 design for a new senior center was also victorious with a vote of 1,582 to 1,225, Dowd said. That measure increase will cost the average homeowner $6.58 a year for 20 years. Voters will be asked to approve construction costs next year.

In town government races, meanwhile, Selectman Leslie Rutan beat challenger Howard Stone, Town Moderator Frederick George Jr. defeated hopeful Christopher Tully, and Southborough School Committee member Nancy Berglund bested opponent Joan Frank.

-- Jennifer Rosinski

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