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Arlington Votes Yes on $6.5 Million Override

Proposed override increases property taxes by 7.5 percent and the property tax rate by 94 cents per every $1,000 of assessed value.

Voters have passed Arlington's proposed by the Board of Selectmen, town officials confirmed Tuesday.

The proposed override, of $6,490,000, increases property taxes by 7.5 percent and the property tax rate by 94 cents per every $1,000 of assessed value, according to town officials. The median home value in Arlington of $480,000 will see a $450 increase on its property tax bill.

According to the , 13,593 votes were cast at this election—7,226 supporting the override and 6,366 against it. The numbers represent abotu 53 percent voted "yes" and 47 percent voted "no." Official results will be posted by the end of Wednesday, officials said.

At Yes For Arlington, the campaign for the override, folks gathered to hear the results cheered and hugged when they heard the results. The Board of Selectmen gathered and Chair Clarissa Rowe thanked volunteers.

"This is one of the best campaigns that we have ever been a party to," Rowe told the group, thanking each team within the campaign individually.

The Board of Selectmen had said the override allows Arlington to maintain services for at least three years, restore the public schools’ core services and spend money on “much needed” road improvements.

Proponents of the override, Yes For Arlington, said the override is needed to maintain basic levels of service expected in Arlington—such as public safety, schools staffing and libraries.

Those opposed, organized into the group No Override Arlington, questioned the necessity to increase Arlington's property tax bill in a time when   are dealing with a lack of trust coming from a —among other financial woes.

Angela Moutsatsos June 13, 2011 at 06:15 PM
I meant the previous comment for Tim sorry Pat!
Timothy Moloney June 13, 2011 at 08:21 PM
"Stav" The link is from FY and is the same information Yes used. I have to ask, if you don't trust the town/APS information, what is TP using and where is it coming from? I will stick with the publicly available town information. Angela - I am not sure I understand what if anything you are asking me. Can you rephrase?
Angela Moutsatsos June 13, 2011 at 10:42 PM
@Tim I am also a tax payer regardless whether I live on a private way or not. What I was asking since you don't seem to get my question is Do you actually believe that the town has no obligation to pave roads on private ways? Do you really think this is right? The law cuts these residents off from certain rights that everyone else has but still collects the same amount of taxes. It is not known what our rights as abutters are. This is all I am saying. There is no need to say that it's too bad for living there. This is the way it turned out for us 16 years ago when we purchased our house.
Timothy Moloney June 14, 2011 at 02:45 AM
Do I believe the town has no obligation to pave private roads? Yes, because state law and local by-law state as much.
MountainView June 05, 2012 at 11:02 AM
I voted for the override, but not sure I would do so again. My husband voted against it. He was concerned that people on fixed incomes would be unduly burdened and wrote the town to ask if they would be exempted from higher property taxes. He never received a reply, so he voted against it.

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