NORTHBRIDGE, Mass. – Northbridge voters go to the polls Monday to decide whether the purchase and retrofitting of a building on Douglas Road for use as a Department of Public Works facility should be exempt from Proposition 2 ½.
The polls, all four voting precincts at Northbridge High School, 427 Linwood Ave., will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
At the special town meeting Dec. 4, voters rejected a request to borrow $3.1 million to purchase a building at 371 Douglas Road and retrofit it to DPW needs.
But a special election, needed with any Proposition 2 ½ exemption plan, had already been scheduled. If a majority of voters approve the exemption, the Board of Selectmen or a citizen’s petition could request another special town meeting to address the issue again.
That special town meeting would have to be scheduled within 90 days, Town Manager Theodore Kozak said recently, and it’s something he said he would recommend as he believes it is a good opportunity for the town.
It is also something members of the Building, Planning and Construction Committee agreed they would recommend, noting that a majority of voters at the special town meeting did support the proposal.
With a two-thirds majority vote needed, the town meeting request failed by about 10 votes. In a secret ballot, 139 voted in favor, 82 voted against.