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Voters OK $1.4M Budget Override

May 15, 2019

PEPPERELL -- — Residents have officially approved a $1.4 million Proposition 2½ override of the town’s 2020 budget.

Over 1,300 citizens turned up at the Varnum Brook Elementary School throughout Monday to cast their votes on whether or not to allow the town to increase their taxes to keep from cutting jobs and dipping into a free cash reserve fund. This override will restore said job cuts and prevent the free cash requirement to balance the town’s 2020 fiscal year budget of $27.83 million.

The overall vote tally came in at 695 in favor and 605 against. Precinct 1 had 218 votes in favor and 149 votes against while Precinct 2 had 259 votes in favor and 222 votes against with one blank vote. Precinct 3 just barely had a rejective vote with 218 votes in favor and 234 against, also with one blank vote.

The now-approved override will result in a total tax increase of $348.55 for the average single family dwelling. It restores about $808,000 in cuts and keeps the town from using nearly $592,000 in its free cash reserve. The actual fiscal year will begin on July 1 and the tax rate will change in the fall.

Town Administrator Andrew MacLean said at the polling location that he was “very happy” with the voter approval and ensured that officials will “put it to good use.” He was also quite “surprised” at the large turnout for the vote.

“It’s higher than we feared, but I’m really happy that everyone participated,” he said. “I thought it would be under a thousand.”

“I am very very very happy and very grateful to the citizens of Pepperell for getting this done,” William Greathead, member of the Board of Selectmen, said. “The people out there, they want the services and this is how we get it. It would’ve been devastating if it didn’t past and I’m very proud of the citizens of Pepperell today.”

Jon Winkler: jwinkler@nashobavalleyvoice.com

PEPPERELL — Residents have officially approved a $1.4 million Proposition 2½ override of the town’s 2020 budget.

Over 1,300 citizens turned up at the Varnum Brook Elementary School throughout Monday to cast their votes on whether or not to allow the town to increase their taxes to keep from cutting jobs and dipping into a free cash reserve fund. This override will restore said job cuts and prevent the free cash requirement to balance the town’s 2020 fiscal year budget of $27.83 million.

The overall vote tally came in at 695 in favor and 605 against. Precinct 1 had 218 votes in favor and 149 votes against while Precinct 2 had 259 votes in favor and 222 votes against with one blank vote. Precinct 3 just barely had a rejective vote with 218 votes in favor and 234 against, also with one blank vote.

The now-approved override will result in a total tax increase of $348.55 for the average single family dwelling. It restores about $808,000 in cuts and keeps the town from using nearly $592,000 in its free cash reserve. The actual fiscal year will begin on July 1 and the tax rate will change in the fall.

Town Administrator Andrew MacLean said at the polling location that he was “very happy” with the voter approval and ensured that officials will “put it to good use.” He was also quite “surprised” at the large turnout for the vote.

“It’s higher than we feared, but I’m really happy that everyone participated,” he said. “I thought it would be under a thousand.”

“I am very very very happy and very grateful to the citizens of Pepperell for getting this done,” William Greathead, member of the Board of Selectmen, said. “The people out there, they want the services and this is how we get it. It would’ve been devastating if it didn’t past and I’m very proud of the citizens of Pepperell today.”

Jon Winkler: jwinkler @nashobavalleyvoice.com