Critical Property Tax Hike Fails To Pass

Tax Hike Fails By 50 Votes was written by Jennifer Solis for the Daily News on May 9th, 2012 and provides information on the critical property tax hike fails to pass. Difficult choices are on the horizon for the Town of Newbury.

Excerpt of “Tax Hike Fails By 50 Votes”

The vote was 616 for and 666 against a $293,000 levy limit override that would have increased taxes on the average property valued at $404,000 by $97 per year. It is the second consecutive year voters have turned down a tax hike. Last spring an override for $950,000 failed by 200 votes.

Following last year’s override defeat, town officials were forced to slash $189,000 from the Police Department, $26,000 from the Inspection Department, $48,000 from the Department of Public Works, $46,000 from the public library, $26,000 from the Health Department and $15,000 from the Council on Aging.

The proposed override would have restored $100,000 to the Police Department, $100,000 to the Fire Department, $34,000 to the public library, $29,000 to the Public Works Department and $29,000 to services at Town Hall.

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