Buckland voters reject override to borrow money for highway building


BUCKLAND, Mass. (WWLP) – The Town of Buckland wants to update their town garage. Unfortunately, for the second time this week, voters rejected a Proposition 2 1/2 Override, which would allow the town to borrow money for construction of a highway building.

Buckland Town Clerk Janice Purington told 22News the question failed by 12 votes; 129 voted “No” and 117 voted “Yes”. There was a 20% voter turnout.

Tuesday night, the town needed a two-thirds town meeting majority to approve borrowing up to $3.5 million to renovate the current building on Sears Street Extension in Buckland, but they came up short, with just 50% in agreement.

Even though there were not enough members at the Town Meeting on Tuesday were in favor of borrowing money to pay for a highway building, the town still had an election Wednesday asking residents if they’d okay borrowing money with no specific purpose.

Buckland’s Select Board is trying to determine the total cost of construction and how much money they would need from property owners. Dena Willmore, member of the Board of Selectmen, told 22News before Wednesday vote, “We’re going to go back to the drawing board. We have to bring that building up to code and right now we’re trying to get a handle on what that means in terms of dollars.”

Wilmore said the town purchased the current building knowing it would need to be upgraded. If the building isn’t fixed, the town will have to vacate it.

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