Palmer voters oust Paul Burns, reject override


PALMER, Mass. (WWLP) – Robert Lavoie successfully challenged Palmer City Councilor At-Large Paul Burns Tuesday, beating the incumbent by 284 votes.

Assistant Palmer Town Clerk Joan Majka told 22News Lavoie won the councilor at-large position with 715 votes.  Burns lost his seat with 431 votes.

Lisa Murray and David Lynch were the top vote-getters in a three-way race for two positions on the Palmer School Committee. Murray garnered 770 votes.  Incumbent Lynch had 703.  Lorinda Baker came in third with 428 votes.

Palmer voters rejected a debt exclusion override to fund the replacement of the floor in the Old Mill Pond School.  “Question 1” lost 659 votes to 529.

Palmer voters approved “Question 2,” which will stop the practice of imposing excise tax on certain farm animals and equipment.  Question 2 was approved 765 votes to 395.

Majka said voter turnout was just under 15%.

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