Northampton voters decide on future of $2.5M property tax override

Hampshire County

NORTHAMPTON, Mass (WWLP) – Voters in Northampton decided the future of a $2.5 million property tax override.

An organization that supported the proposal held an election party Tuesday night. The override is expected to help alleviate Northampton’s roughly $1.1 million budget deficit for the upcoming fiscal year.

The proposition aims to help the city and its public schools’ operating budgets. The mayor has held numerous town halls in Northampton and Florence, on why voters should vote ‘yes.’ He said the ballot question will allow the city to renew its fiscal stability plan after 7 years, and preserve its vital city services and excellent schools.

“This was part of a long-range plan that represented fiscal responsibility and fiscal stability for the city to continue to maintain its priorities like schools, police and firefighters and infrastructure,” said Marissa Elkins, co-chair of Yes Northampton. “I think it’s a challenge but I think we need it for our town so I did it.”

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