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Georgetown considers not one, but two, overrides

Posted April 29, 2011 08:37 AM

There’s nothing like a roof collapsing to underscore the problem of deferred maintenance.

In the aftermath of the Feb. 3 collapse at the Perley Elementary School, which caused no injuries but precipitated an evacuation of all of Georgetown’s school buildings, Superintendent Carol Jacobs noted that the incident might spark discussion about facilities and maintenance needs.

“I don’t know if people will say ‘I want to pony up the money,’ but I absolutely think these types of things heighten people’s awareness,’’ she said after the collapse.

Nearly three months later, residents will consider just that Monday as one of two Proposition 2 1/2 overrides on the annual Town Meeting warrant. Town officials are requesting $729,583 to fund a consolidated school/town maintenance department, while the School Department is seeking a $1.2 million override for its operating budget.

“We’re not happy with two overrides,’’ Jacobs admitted recently. “Why would we be happy with two overrides? Frankly, the town probably needs both. But the record in Georgetown has not been that people vote any override, never mind two to the tune of a $2 million increase in their taxes.’’

Read more of David Rattigan's Globe North story here.

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