Norwell: Town Meeting votes on Override Budget

Another huge crowd of over 1,000 people packed the Middle School Gymnasium in Norwell, to vote yes on a $43.4 million dollar fiscal 2013 operating budget, bolstered by a $2.8 million dollar Proposition 2 ½ override voted in at the Annual Town Election.  $2.3 million was appropriated for the schools.

School Committee Chair Kiersten Warendorf shared her feelings on the vote and said, “I think it’s a big relief, because we were able to get the budget we needed to address our enrollment growth and the two new mandates we have. So now we can address those, so it’s a huge relief”.

However, some detractors like John Downey believe there’s an attitude against people like the elderly or others on fixed incomes in Norwell that may not be able to afford the $900 median increase in property taxes.

“My wife had a woman come up to her just the other day and they’re discussing this and my wife said, ‘How are these people going to pay these taxes?’ Her answer to it was, and I think many people feel this way, ‘If they can’t afford the taxes, they should move!’ Well you know, a lot of these people are going to move! We’re not the 99% that’s waiting for the 1% of the rich people to pay the taxes. If people can’t pay the taxes on their property, they’re going to be forced out of this town!”

An article to appropriate $300,000 to purchase smart boards for the schools was also approved.

Town Meeting got through 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.