Bridgewater has a dismal record on overrides - three defeats in the last five years - but town officials hope the outcome of the ballot vote on a $1.36 million proposal this Saturday will be different.
The tax increase would supply $100,000 to the Fire Department for civilian dispatchers, $40,000 to restore the Town Planner position, $275,000 to the School Department to address class sizes and maintain educational assistants, and $326,000 to the public library to allow the operation to be open 63 hours per week. The final $600,000 would go into cash reserves.
Both the selectmen and the Advisory Board support the override. Advisory Board Chairman Michael Berolini has assured voters the increase would place the town in a solid financial position until 2015. Officials have characterized the increase as a "fiscally responsible override" since it is accompanied by a longterm plan.
Opponents have been vocal."As far as I'm concerned, 'a fiscally responsible override' is an oxymoron," said Mildred Hasson, president of the Citizens for Fiscal Responsibility. The polls, located at the old high school building on Mt. Prospect Street, will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
-- Chris Legere