Sunderland votes against higher taxes; spending cuts likely

The town select board will now revise the proposed budget

SUNDERLAND, Mass. (WWLP) – Sunderland residents rejected a $300,000 property tax increase Saturday.

By a vote of 273 to 235, residents voted “no” on the Proposition 21/2 override, which would have helped fund several town departments and schools.

Proposition 21/2 places a limit on the monetary amount that towns and cities can receive from residents through property taxes, and a limit on how much property taxes can be raised year-to-year. Town governments may override those limits through an override, which requires a majority vote by the residents of the town.

This “No” vote may force Sunderland to make cuts to several town services. The town is currently facing a budget deficit of $105,000.

The town select board will now revise the proposed budget in a town meeting, scheduled for June 16th.


Sunderland residents considering property tax increase