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After a three-hour debate over the town’s share of the regional school budget, residents at Town Meeting agreed last week to bring forward a Proposition 2½ override for the second year in a row. According to Town Administrator Frank Lynam, voters approved a Whitman-Hanson Regional School District budget of $9,780,729 and agreed to seek an override for the remaining $264,901. The override vote will likely take place on June 25. Lynam described the debate at Monday night’s meeting as sometimes “contentious and uncivilized.” He added that supporters of the school budget sought to have the total school request approved without an override — a move that would have forced deep cuts in other town departments. “When I look at this community, I look at it as a whole,” he said. “If your only issue is the schools, you can be a one-trick pony. I don’t believe the override is going to pass, and neither do they. They were saying the rest of the town be damned.”

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