Any way Spencer slices it: $1.7 million.
The town of Spencer and Spencer East Brookfield Regional School District have clearly referenced the past to try and secure the future. They are convinced that their fourth attempt at a $1.7 million override will be more palatable to voters if it is presented in three smaller portions instead of one large entree.
The voters need only ask themselves if they are better off financially this May 2014 than they were last May 2013, last September 2013 and last October 2013.
Instead of one override question with one large total of $1.7 million, voters are being asked three override/debt exclusion questions, all of which total $1.7 million when added together.
The verdict yields the same overwhelming result. The average tax increase for homeowners in the town of Spencer will be $500.
As President Obama once said, "You can put lipstick on a pig but it's still a pig.''