Unofficial results of today’s override vote to exclude fire station construction costs from the local tax levy, freeing money under the limit for use by the schools, passes — 1439 Yes / 539 No.
Town Clerk Michael Bouchard guesstimated that up to 1500 or so voters, perhaps as many as 20% of Groton’s registered voters would trek to the polls today to vote on a single question: Whether the construction debt for the town’s new fire station should be excluded from the town’s tax levy limit.The $9M fire station on Farmers Row is currently being paid for with regular tax revenues and is scheduled to open this spring. The change in financing to a debt exclusion would let the town pay for the station using a different financial mechanism. If the debt exclusion is approved, the change would exclude the $448,000 annual payment from the town’s tax levy limit. Those funds could then be used as part of a solution to a projected budget deficit in the Groton-Dunstable Regional School District’s Fiscal Year 2015 proposed budget.
Signs supporting the override sprouted around town over the last week or ten days, but very few, if any “No” signs were spotted.
About 100 voters had shown up by 9 a.m. at each precinct.
Polls are open until 8 p.m. at the Prescott School building on Main Street for Precincts 2 and 3 and the Groton Senior Center for Precinct 1.