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June 12, 2013

Town rejects buying land

481 residents vote against Pirie proposal, 391 in favor of it

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“Hamilton keeps missing out on these opportunities,” she said. “Once this land is divided into six parcels and six McMansions, we will never set foot on that property, and they will forever receive property tax exemptions.”

About four residents hoping to speak in favor of the proposal were cut off because Town Meeting voters approved a motion to move on to the vote after about an hour and half of debate.

Before the meeting, Town Moderator Bruce Ramsey made the decision to have the vote taken by ballot. He said this would be the most effective way to get an accurate vote with the large turnout expected.

Staff writer Jonathan Phelps can be reached at 978-338-2527 or by email at jphelps@salemnews.com. Follow him on Twitter at JPhelps_SN.

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