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Town meeting OKs override; ballot question next.

Byline: Craig S. Semon

SHREWSBURY -- Town meeting voted Wednesday night to raise $5.5 million for a Proposition 21/2 override to fund municipal and school operating and capital expenses for the fiscal year beginning July 1.

Town meeting passage is just the first step. For it to take effect, the override also must pass at a special townwide election June 3.

Of the override, $4.2 million would go to the School Department and $1.3 million to the operating budget and capital projects. The town has never passed an operational override.

An override for $5.5 million would increase the tax rate by $1.15. The current rate is $12.17 per $1,000 of valuation.

The $5.5 million is broken into two categories, $4,555,045 in operating expenses and $944,955 in capital expenses.

The extra money would pay for a maintenance craftsman-electrician, a maintenance craftsman-HVAC technician, a dispatcher, a police sergeant on the detective bureau, a patrol officer, and a heavy equipment operator, and would fund various school expenses.

There would also be money to do an operation and maintenance review of all public buildings, to replace a dump truck/sander in the Highway Department, and to make highway repairs and improvements.

Previously, town meeting members approved a $103.8 million operating budget for fiscal 2015.

The budget is $1.74 million more than the fiscal 2014 budget of $102.06 million. The school budget represents 51.61 percent of the total budget.

The town recommended a budget of $53,468,239 for fiscal 2015, which is a 2.74 increase over the current budget.

The School Committee originally requested a budget of $54.2 million.

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Author:Semon, Craig S.
Publication:Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA)
Date:May 22, 2014
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