Scituate: Town meeting supports prop 2.5 override question, passes 2012 budget

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Scituate held its special and annual town meeting Monday night at the high school. About 650 people, mostly override supporters, filled the rafters at the Scituate high school gymnasium, to overwhelmingly vote in favor of placing a $2.2 million dollar override question on the ballot.

The override appropriates $732,000 on the town side–that covers everything from fixing roads and upgrading the town hall to hiring police officers. The schools would get $1.4 million which would prevent the loss of 19 full time positions.

Resident Robyn Glaysher cited deteriorating town services and property values as reasons why she supports an override.

“Nineteen more layoffs at the elementary schools is a killer and anybody with kids in the schools has to be worried about that. I was recently told that if I want to put my house on the market, I’d have to list it at $100,000 less than what I paid for it five years ago. So, as the roads and schools have deteriorated, so has my house value. I recently sent a picture of my daughters to my dad, not realizing Tilden Street was the backdrop. He was pointing at the ripped pavement and asked me if I took the photo in Beirut,” said Glaysher.

Lisa Fenton also voiced her support for an override.

Fenton said, “We pay below average taxes for this quality town. This rate, left unchanged, brings the quality down. So, know here at home there’s a difference to make – we can contribute together for our community’s sake.”

The override will be on the ballot at the town election May 7th. Town meeting also approved a $54 million dollar operating budget for fiscal 2012 and was able finish up all the articles on the warrant.

About John Penny

John Penny is a town news reporter at WATD. He primarily covers stories in the towns of Marshfield, Cohasset, Scituate, Norwell, Hingham, Abington and Quincy.