NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WGGB) — The Northampton City Council places a major Proposition 2 1/2 override question before voters.
The override totals $2.5 million dollars including $1 million of that for schools.
The council vote was 8 to 1 in favor of putting the question before the voters.
“I’m in support of its passage. I think the cuts we would face if it didn’t pass would be so substantial and would not be something we could absorb,” says City Councilor Jesse Adams.
Override proponents say the city faces a $1.4 million budget deficit and elimination of 15 positions mostly in the school department, including teachers, if the override is not passed.
Page Brody and her two-year old son Nate live in Northampton.
“I’m not happy about hearing about cuts in schools. One of the reasons we bought a home here is we’re growing our family here and are really relying on those schools to remain top quality schools,” says Brody.
But Brody’s also going to take a closer look at the $1.5 million in the override going for other city departments and the stabilization account.
Some acknowledge a tough vote.
“There are people here with fixed incomes. It’s hard. We did the override for economic reasons. We did the override for the new fire station and other overrides but I would vote for it, it’s an important thing,” says Rick Haggerty.
High school student Kyle Andersen is pleased with the city council’s action.
“I think it’s good people decide what the vote is, instead of just government,” says Andersen.
The Proposition 2 1/2 override vote will go before the voters on June 25th, that’s the same day as the special election for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts.