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School Projects Go to Wenham Ballot Vote Thursday

The polls will be open at Wenham Town Hall from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday.

The voting booths will be set up in Wenham Town Hall for Thursday's vote. Credit: Bobby Gates
The voting booths will be set up in Wenham Town Hall for Thursday's vote. Credit: Bobby Gates
Wenham voters will get their say at the ballot box on Thursday about the second phase of capital improvements to the elementary schools in the Hamilton-Wenham Regional School District.

The work includes replacing the boiler in the Buker Elementary School and a new boiler and windows at Winthrop Elementary School.

The work totals $3.17 million, with an estimated reimbursement of 43 percent by the Massachusetts School Building Authority, bringing the total cost to Hamilton and Wenham taxpayers down to $1.8 million.

Hamilton voters overwhelmingly approved the projects in a ballot vote last month - 262-65. The ballot votes comes after Town Meeting voters both approved the project at each town's Town Meeting in early November.

The work would be paid by a bond and the vote asks for a bond exclusion override, meaning the cost the bond would be kept outside the limits of Proposition 2-1/2, which limits the amount of taxes collected each year to raise by any more than 2-1/2 percent.

The spending, if approved, would  add $26.51 to the median annual tax bill in Wenham, according to information presented by School Superintendent Michael Harvey.

The polls will be open at Wenham Town Hall on Thursday, Dec. 12 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Because the work on each school is considered a separate project by the MSBA, voters will be asked to approve the work with two separate questions.
Trudy December 11, 2013 at 09:27 AM
Absentee voting is available until noontime today - Wednesday, December 11th.
Tracy December 12, 2013 at 09:21 PM
Any news on how the Wenham vote went today? Hope people didn't have to stand in line too long.
Robert Gates (Editor) December 12, 2013 at 09:25 PM
Yes, we sent out a breaking news alert with the results about an hour ago. Here is the tally. http://hamilton-wenham.patch.com/groups/politics-and-elections/p/school-projects-get-support-from-wenham-voters

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