Proposition 2 ½ vote in the works

Last week’s Special Town Meeting voted to retain an extra $320,000 for the Fire Department in the fiscal 2014 budget – triggering a ballot question to override Proposition 2½ to pay for the measure, said Town Administrator Michael McCue. Town Meeting had voted in May to add the money so the eight-person Fire Department could hire four more firefighters. Town officials asked Special Town Meeting to rescind the spending but were unsuccessful. As a result, McCue said, a vote to raise taxes by overriding Proposition 2½ will be scheduled – probably at the end of the summer or beginning of September. “We haven’t sat down and figured out the impact [on property taxes], but it will maybe average a couple of hundred dollars a year,” he said.