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Mendon Annual Town Election to be Held Tuesday, May 17

Mendon residents are reminded to head to the polls on May 17 to cast their votes concerning four Proposition 2 ½ overrides, as well as those offices up for re-election.

Residents will first vote on a Proposition 2 ½ operational override in the amount of $929,979, as well as the three Proposition 2 ½ override debt exclusions during the May 6 Annual Town Meeting before they are brought forward as ballot questions on election day.

The $929,979 Proposition 2 ½ operational override is needed to close the budget shortfall for the Regional School District and the town's operating budget for Fiscal Year 2012. Should the override pass, $409,647 will be put towards the municipal budget and the remaining $520,332 will go to the schools. Estimates show that a resident with a home valued at $300,000 will see an increase of $358 to their taxes and a $400,000 home will see an additional $477 each year.

The first Proposition 2 ½ debt exclusion override ballot question concerns the purchase of a multipurpose trackless vehicle to be used by the Highway Department as a sidewalk plow, a lawnmower, or sander. Its total cost is $121,000. A home valued at $300,000 will increase its taxes by an additional $10 over the next five years and for those homes assessed at $400,000, taxes will increase another $13.

The second Proposition 2 ½ debt exclusion override is for a new $150,000 pumper/tanker for the Fire Department. The Department was recently awarded a grant for $190,000 that will fund the other portion of the emergency vehicle. If it passes, a $300,000 home will see a $9 increase to its taxes and $12 for $400,000 home. The length of the note is five years.

The last Proposition 2½ debt exclusion override is to replace the roof, boiler, and windows at Miscoe Hill School. The total cost for the project is approximately $4 million. Through a grant from the Massachusetts School Building Authority, 47 percent of the project will be funded. The remaining costs will be divided by Mendon and Upton with Mendon funding $976,525 and Upton paying $1,166,386. Homes assessed at $300,000 will see an increase of approximately $53 to their taxes and homes assessed at $400,000 will see an increase of $71 if the ballot question passes.

As home valuations fluctuate from year to year, so will the additional amounts concerning the Proposition 2 ½ override and the debt exclusions.

In addition to the ballot questions, 11 offices are up for re-election.

Incumbent Lawney Tinio is running for this third term on the Board of Selectmen, which has a three-year term. In a last minute surprise, Mark Reil is also running for the Board as a write in candidate.

Other incumbents include John Grenga for the Board of Health, Bruce Tycks for Assessor, Vincent Cataldo for Water Commissioner, Susan Darnell for Taft Public Library Trustee, and Alan Tetreault for Highway Surveyor; all are three-year terms. Jay Byer is running for the one-year term for Town Moderator and Bill Ambrosino is also the only candidate for the Planning Board's five-year term.

Newcomer Liana Moore is running for the Mendon-Upton Regional School District Committee for three years. There are no candidates running for Park Commissioner or the second Taft Public Library position.

The Mendon Annual Election will be held at Miscoe Hill School. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.




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