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June 19, 2006
Seekonk voters deciding on tax-limit override
SEEKONK, Mass. -- The fate of an elementary school and dozens of jobs in the school and police departments are on the line today as voters decide whether to authorize a one-time override of the state's Proposition 2 1/2 limit on local property tax increases.
The override, in the form of two ballot questions, would permit the town to levy an additional $3.4 million in taxes. Proponents say that's only $36 a month for the typical homeowner and it would prevent the layoffs and the closing of one of the town's three elementary schools.
Opponents note an override would translate to a jump of nearly 20 percent in the tax rate, argue that residents on fixed incomes can't afford the increase, and contend that the town should live within its means. If the override fails, taxes will increase 5 percent.
Polling places, open from noon to 8 p.m., are at North School, on North Street -- the school slated to close if the override fails -- the Seekonk Public Library, on Newman Avenue; Town Hall, at 100 Peck St.; and Martin School, on Cole Street.
-- Journal staff writer C. Eugene Emery Jr.
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