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Easthampton voters approve $109M school project override

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Easthampton voters made their voices heard during the town's election Tuesday night. 

Voters approved an override with a 42 percent voter turnout to borrow tens of millions of dollars to build a new consolidated elementary and middle school.

According to the Easthampton Assistant City Clerk, the override was approved by 2,831 votes with 2,102 against.

 This vote means residents will see an increase in taxes in order to fund the new $109.3 million project that will combine four schools  - Maple, Center, and Pepin Elementary with White Brook Middle School - into one building that would be located on the current middle school grounds. 

Some residents believe the new school is needed because several are outdated and lack key safety and technology features.

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Those who voted against shared their concerns that the project will increase their taxes.

City officials have said the taxpayer impact of the new school would be $2.98 to $3.84 per $1,000 of assessed property value.

Based on the average home assessment in the city, which is $228,400, that could mean an annual increase of $650 to $877 in taxes.

That doesn’t include any tax increases which are allowed by the state each year of up to two-and-a-half. 

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