Norwell: Annual Town Meeting delays budget vote until after override election

School Committee Chairman Kiersten Warendorf addresses town meeting.

Norwell held their first night of Annual Town Meeting at the Middle School Monday night, focusing on an override to bolster the school system.

About 1,000 people packed the Middle School gymnasium and with absolutely no detractors or debate, voted in favor of delaying the fiscal 2013 operating budget and financial warrant articles, until after the $2.8 million dollar Proposition 2 ½ override election, Saturday May 19.

Town meeting will then reconvene the following Monday, May 21st and vote the budget either with or without an override, depending on the results of that override election.

Norwell School Committee Chairman Kiersten Warendorf spoke in favor of the override.

“People move to Norwell because we have a beautiful town, with a high performing school system. Many have claimed that our schools are our beaches. So it only stands to reason, that the investments made or not made into our school system, directly affect our property values. The Prop 2 ½ override gives the town the opportunity to decide on the level of town and school services that they want and our willing to pay for. We recognize that this increase is a big one. However, the consequences of not investing now are that we will be forced to begin the dismantling of our school system”, Warendorf said.

Town meeting also voted against a downtown Business Overlay District and voted in favor of using $290,000 from last year’s failed police station vote, to study the renovation of the existing police station.

Town meeting will reconvene Monday night, May 21, at 7:30 at the middle school.

Voters should also be aware that Question 2, pertaining to a town charter amendment, will be located on the back of the annual town election ballot.

An informational meeting on the charter amendment is scheduled for Monday night, May 14 at 7:30, at Norwell Town Hall.

*Please note: WATD incorrectly stated that the town meeting would reconvende on May 22nd. The meeting will reconvene on May 21st.

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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.