Sunderland residents considering property tax increase

Proposition 2 1/2 override vote scheduled for Saturday

SUNDERLAND, Mass. (WWLP) – The town of Sunderland is holding an election with one question on the ballot Saturday.

The question is a Proposition Two-and-a-Half override, which would allow the town to raise $300,000 in additional property taxes.

The town-wide election will take place at the gymnasium of the Sunderland Elementary School from 8am to 3pm. Residents will have to vote yes or no to allowing the town to raise property taxes to help fund budgets of several town departments and schools.
Expenses went up for Sunderland’s public schools.

Some Sunderland residents got a head start Friday, filling out absentee ballots.

“I do have two children who are in the school district and I also want opportunities for the future generations,” said Kathy Moua of Sunderland.

A NO vote could hurt the town library.

“If the override does not pass, there could be cuts coming to the library, but nothing is for certain we don’t know exactly what will happen,” said Katherine Hand, Director of the Sunderland Public Library. “We really hope the town will vote yes.”

“It gives the people a choice. If they want the services, if they want the services to continue they can vote yes, and if they don’t they want the services and things get cut, they vote no,” said Bruce Bennett, member of the Sunderland Finance Committee.

Bennet told 22News a NO vote may force the town to make cuts. The current budget deficit is $105,000.

If the override doesn’t pass, the finance committee will revisit the budget in a town meeting June 16th.