Tax increase on April 14 ballot

A request for a Proposition 2 1/2 debt-exclusion override, or temporary tax increase, is on the ballot for the town election April 14. Polling hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The proposal would fund construction of an all-purpose artificial turf field, an expansion of the bleachers, five tennis courts, lighting for the field and the courts, and an electronic scoreboard and press box at the high school. If the debt exclusion passes, the Town Meeting convening May 7 would still have to authorize borrowing up to $1.94 million for the project to move forward. Four contests for town seats also will be decided in the election. The races include a four-way contest for two selectmen seats, with incumbents David H. Gay and Scott D. Wilson vying with Robert T. Marcin and Kenneth A. Miano. There are three candidates for two Board of Health seats: incumbents Mary Ellen Fernald and Edward J. Sheehan Jr., and challenger Kathleen M. Brothers. Planning Board member Nancy L. Reed is facing a challenge by Edward P. Sullivan, while incumbent John Peter Downing is being opposed by Michael P. Kelley for his seat representing Tewksbury on the Shawsheen Valley Regional Vocational Technical School Committee. - John Laidler