NORTHBRIDGE, Mass. – About 10 percent of the town’s registered voters had their say Monday on whether to exempt plans for a Department of Public Works facility from Proposition 2 ½, and the decision is “No.”
Town Clerk Doreen Cedrone said 635 voters cast ballots. The vote was 288 for, 355 against a proposal to exempt from Proposition 2 ½ the purchase of a building at 371 Douglas Road and to retrofit the property for DPW use.
At the special town meeting Dec. 4, voters rejected a request to borrow the $3.1 million needed for the project, but a special election, which is needed with any Proposition 2 ½ exemption plan, already had been scheduled.
If a majority of voters had approved the exemption, the Board of Selectmen or a citizens petition could have requested another special town meeting to address the issue again.