NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) - Northampton voters have decided to pass a plan that would raise property taxes in the city, in order to close a major budget gap.
22News has been following Northampton's 2 ½ Proposition Override debate for several months.
In Northampton, property owners, both commercial and residential, will pay higher property taxes starting Fiscal Year 2014.
57% of voters who voted Tuesday said "Yes" to the override.
With 6,056 votes in favor and 4,641 votes against, Northampton voters approved the city's sixth budget override in the last 18 years. The funding from the override will go to save school art programs and avoid teacher layoffs in the city.
Jutta Sperling, a Northampton property owner, told 22News, "My daughter is very interested in theater. She was actually in a play this semester, and I would very much like for her to continue doing that."
"I think in the long run their property values will be higher because if we don't have good schools and safe streets, then things will be worse for everybody," said Shelley Zimbalist, a Northampton property owner.
A little more than half of the registered Northampton voters voted Tuesday.
With this override, an owner of a single family home valued at just under 300-thousand dollars will see their taxes go up by about $235.