Failure of Sunderland override may mean budget cuts

School and library services may be at risk

SUNDERLAND, Mass. (WWLP) – Sunderland residents rejected a Proposition 2 ½ override in a townwide election Saturday. With a majority of residents voting “No,” town departments, services, and schools are all at risk of cuts.

The override failed with 273 “No” votes to 235 “Yes” votes.

The override would have allowed the town to raise property taxes to fund several town departments and schools. This could mean a reduction in funding to services such as the public library.

“It’s really not surprising- nobody wants to see their taxes raised, so we will go back, take another look and see what we can do. I mean, nobody likes to see services cut, either. It’s trying to find that balance,” Sunderland Town Administrator Sherry Patch said.

The select board and finance committee will revise the proposed budget in a town meeting June 16 at the Sunderland Elementary School.

Sunderland’s budget deficit is $105,000. The selectmen will meet Monday night at 6:30 to talk about the budget and discuss possible cuts.