NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WGGB) — Northampton voters could soon be seeing a proposition two and a half override question on the ballot.
Mayor David Narkewicz says he will ask the city council to place a prop two and a half override question before the voters on the ballot in June.
The $1.4 million deficit the city is facing would mean deep cuts in city services and the elimination of 22 full-time employees, most of them in the school department.
At one recent demonstration, students from Northampton High School rallied to oppose the projected cuts.
It has not been an easy choice but the mayor says there’s too much of a separation between revenues and expenditures.
“Essentially, it gets back to the core issue which is we’re limited in the amount of revenue we can raise each year, and we have fixed costs that go up at a much higher percentage each year,” says Narkewicz.
The mayor has met with the community to get their input and is encouraged by their response.
“We’ve been getting a lot of members of the public saying we want the option of an override and I’ve been getting lots of calls and emails in my office saying we want to have the option to vote on this,” Narkewicz adds.
The city council needs to approve the mayor’s request to put in on the ballot. Councilor Jesse Adams agrees.
“I support it, I don’t see any other way of filling the substantial gap we have and it’s either that or tremendous cuts,” says Adams.
This would not be the first time that Northampton voters are asked to override prop two and half. Back in 2009, Northampton voters approved a two million dollar prop two and a half override.