Norwell: Selectmen to recommend Town Meeting vote on override after ballot election

The Norwell Board of Selectmen met with a few members of the School Committee for a public meeting at the Cole Elementary School Wednesday night, to address questions about the town’s upcoming $2.8 million dollar Proposition 2 ½ operational override.

About 15 people attended the meeting, most of them supporters of the proposal for the schools.

One override supporter voiced her concern that those without kids or on fixed incomes like her neighbors will vote against the override, because they simply can’t afford it.

“There’s a double income, no kids neighbor next to me and then there’s four families across the street that are not going to vote for it, because they’re deciding between whether to pay their Medicare deductible or their taxes. The people up the street from them have the same issue. So my concern is that the people that want the override for the schools are in the minority”, the resident said.

And the Board of Selectmen, Advisory Board and Town Moderator will recommend that town meeting defer a vote on the override budget and money articles, until after the override ballot election, then reconvene town meeting the following Monday and vote on the budget, according to the election results.

Selectmen Chairman John Mariano said it would be too confusing to go over different budgets at town meeting, before knowing the results of the ballot election vote.

“It would be very confusing if we were going to discuss no override vs. override, with two separate line items. So, I think the general consensus is that the best way to go is to just have a general discussion on the first night of town meeting, then have the election vote and then reconvene town meeting on the Monday following the election and take up whichever budget applies”, Mariano explained.

Selectmen will host an informational forum next Monday night at 7:30 at town hall, to answer any questions people may have about the override.


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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.