That override added 55 cents to the property tax rate, tacking about $192 onto the yearly bill for the owner of a $350,000 home. Without an exact number established, it is difficult to know how taxpayers will be affected under this request.
Hopping said there has been a “very positive” response from other town officials.
“We all accept the fact that the schools are facing a major financial challenge as they put together their budget for next year,” said Selectman Bill Craft. “There really aren’t many options.”
He said trying to avoid the $1.5 million deficit by cutting municipal and school services would be devastating. While Craft no longer has kids in the school system, he said education is an important investment.
“The better the schools, the more likely people are to buy a house here,” he said, adding that a good school system is part of the economic development of the town.
Hopping said the School Committee will work to make sure all the boards and residents in town are informed about details of the override moving forward.
“Our hope is that if we educate the residents and the reasons we need this override, we are hoping to minimize push-back,” Hopping said. “There is so much work we need to do.”
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