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Keeping score

Posted by Your Town  March 26, 2008 11:45 AM

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Okay, so it's not as riveting as the Red Sox. Or as . . . intriguing as Britney Spears. But this year's round of property tax overrride votes will help determine the size of your tax bill, the quality of your schools, police force and other public services.

The $3.9 million override that Natick voters approved on Tuesday is the biggest this year. Only four towns have voted so far, and the record is decidedly mixed.

Holland rejected an override, Hudson approved a debt exclusion, Duxbury approved two small debt exclusions, but defeated the largest on that ballot, according to an unofficial tally kept by Override Central and the Massachusetts Municipal Association.

Four towns -- including Randolph -- vote on April 1.

The MMA expects at least 47 towns and cities to vote on overrides this year. Of 19 towns detailed by the MMA, 10 would direct their tax increase to general operating costs, 3 would spend the new money on public safety and 3 on education.

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About override central Coverage of Prop 21/2 override campaigns in more than 30 communities in Greater Boston.
Christine Wallgren is a correspondent in the Globe South bureau.
David Dahl is the Globe's regional editor.
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