There are no major races statewide in Massachusetts, so the focus has been on the four major ballot questions.
There’s been a lot of debate on all four and in some cases, the back and forth rhetoric can be confusing.
Here is a breakdown of the four statewide questions, as well as what Yes vote and a No vote would mean.
The question asks voters if they approve of a law allowing a second slots parlor to exist in Massachusetts.
The question asks voters if they approve of a law allowing state education officials to approve up to 12 new charter schools a year or expand enrollment in existing charter schools.
The question asks voters if they approve of a law that would phase out what advocates say are extreme methods of farm animal confinement.
The question asks voters if they approve a law that would take effect on December 15, 2016 that would legalize marijuana for recreational use.
Some communities will have local questions on their ballots:
Question 5 in Holyoke, Palmer, South Hadley, Pittsfield, and Springfield is whether or not to adopt the Community Preservation Act. The state law creates a dedicated funding source for such things as affordable housing, preservation of open space for parks and recreation, and restoration of historic buildings.
Taxpayers in cities and towns that opt in to the CPA pay a surcharge of up to 3% on their property tax bills. More than 160 communities have adopted it so far.
The question reads:
"Shall the city/town approve the Community Preservation Act, establish a dedicated funding source to enable the city/town to acquire and preserve open space, which includes land for park and recreational uses and the protection of public drinking water well fields, aquifers and recharge areas, wetlands, farm land, forests, marshes, beaches, scenic areas, wildlife preserves and other conservation areas, acquire and restore historic buildings and sites, and create affordable housing."
"The funding source for these community preservation purposes will be a surcharge of up to 3% on the annual property tax assessed on real property commencing in fiscal year 2016."
Question 5 in Amherst asks voters to approve a Proposition 2-and-a-half override. If approved, the override would fund the town’s portion of a new building that will house 750 students in grades two through six in two co-located schools, which would replace Wildwood and Fort River schools. The town is expected to pay $32.75 million, with the Massachusetts School Building Authority pledging $34.45 million.
Question 5 in Hatfield will ask voters if the town should be allowed to exempt from the provisions of Proposition two-and-a-half to borrow $1 million to pay for the second phase of Town Hall renovations, including an exterior ramp, an elevator, and a fire suppression system to bring the building up to code compliance
Question 6 in Amherst, Pelham and North Granby (the 3rd Hampshire district) is a non-binding question to gauge public opinion on lowering the drinking age for beer and wine to 19.
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