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May 19, 2014

Ipswich voters to decide on override, selectmen tomorrow

IPSWICH — A $2.75 million override for the schools and a battle for two seats on the Board of Selectmen are the marquee issues to be decided at Ipswich’s municipal election tomorrow.

After easily winning support at the Town Meeting, the override must win approval from a majority of voters in this election before it can become law. Advocates for the override see the money as essential in closing a gap in the yearly school budget and avoiding teacher layoffs, as well as bolstering educational programs for the future.

On the other hand, some on fixed incomes worry that the resulting rise in property taxes will make sustaining their own budgets increasingly difficult.

With the retirement of 24-year veteran Selectman Patrick McNally, voters will be deciding between four candidates seeking two seats on that board, each carrying a three-year term. Incumbent Charles Surpitski faces challengers Michael Dougherty, Judy Field and Phil Goguen.

There are no other contested races.

Three is the magic number for the school board. Newcomer Feruza Krason is the only candidate for School Committee who is not an incumbent. Three, also including Jennifer Bauman and Barry Hopping, are vying for three three-year terms. That means Krason will fill the seat being vacated by the retiring Rachel Roesler.

All voting takes place at the YMCA from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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