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Northampton City Council Votes To Place Override Question on June Ballot


NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WGGB) — Northampton voters will be seeing a proposition two and a half override question on the ballot on June 25.

That’s according to City Council President Bill Dwight who told ABC40, “It was passed with one dissenting vote. 8 to 1.”

Councilors voted in favor of putting the override question before voters at their meeting tonight.

Mayor David Narkewicz recently asked the city council to place a prop two and a half override question before the voters because the city is facing a $1.4 million deficit.

If voters choose not approve the ballot question then deep cuts in city services would occur as well as the elimination of 22 full-time employees, most of them in the school department.

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.

This would not be the first time that Northampton voters are asked to override prop two and half.  Back in 2009, residents approved a $2 million dollar prop two and a half override.

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