Tax increases voted down in Southampton

Just over 1,100 people voted Thursday night

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SOUTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Voters rejected six ballot questions that would have given the town the authority to raise property taxes beyond the normal rate.

Doing that would have given the town a revenue stream to fund several key projects including:

  • The design and construction of a new public safety complex
  • More ambulance service
  • Another police officer
  • Purchasing a fuel station and generator for the highway department
  • Supplementing the elementary school’s budget

All six questions were voted down. It begs the question, where does the town go from here?

Southampton Town Offices were closed Friday, but a voter told 22News she’s disappointed. Donna Bitzer of Southampton said, “While I understand that people don’t want to pay additional taxes, still think that some of those things would have been very helpful for the town. You have to spend money sometimes in order to attract the kinds of things that will then help the town earn more money.”

The question that lost by the widest margin was the proposal to build a new public safety complex.

Voter turnout was about 25% with just over 1,100 people casting a vote. Click Here to see the results.

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