Medfield voters will decide on June 2 whether to pass an $850,000 Proposition 2 ˝ override.
Officials have said that the override amount would add approximately $215 to the property tax bill for the average single-family home in the town.
Town Administrator Michael Sullivan said that the need for extra revenue is being driven by increased pension and health care costs.
-- Calvin Hennick
Medfield Town Meeting voters have shot down a $450,000 debt-exclusion override proposal that would have funded design plans and other costs associated with a new parks and recreation facility.
The override would have added about $30 per year to the average single-family home property tax bill, town officials said.
Also at Monday's Town Meeting, voters approved spending $1.1 million in design plans and other costs for a public works facility and $100,000 for a preliminary study for a new police and fire station. Officials said the town has enough cash on hand to pay for both of those projects without an override.
-- Calvin Hennick
Town officials say the override request at Medfield's Town Meeting will likely be $524,000, enough to cover the town's operating deficit.
The original plan involved a $1.1 million Proposition 2 1/2 override, but town officials have been working to lower that number, said Selectman Osler Peterson.
The selectmen learned of the most recent cut during a meeting last week -- a $156,000 reduction that will affect the school, police and public works departments, as well as the Council on Aging. This reduction leaves a $524,000 deficit in the town’s operating budget, Peterson said, and it is likely this figure will be the amount proposed for the override at Town Meeting on April 30.
If the measure passes at Town Meeting, a special election on the override likely would be held within a month, Peterson said.
-- Kyle Alspach