NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WGGB) — In less than a week voters in the Paradise City will be deciding whether to approve a proposition 2 1/2 override.
The move will allow the city to generate $2.5 million for the city’s budget.
Wednesday night, the Ward Three Neighborhood Council hosted a forum to help better inform residents before the vote.
Mayor David Narkewicz spoke in favor of the measure, while City Councilor Eugene Tacy spoke against it.
The mayor proposed the override to help fill a $1.4 million budget gap.
“So the override is a plan I put forward not just to help us fill the budget gap in this year, but it provides a four year plan,” said Narkewicz.
He says it will help avoid layoffs of teachers and police officers and prevent cuts to other programs.
“It’s obviously something residents need to consider,” said Narkewicz.
Voters have approved six of the last eight overrides. Four of them are debt exclusions for specific projects.
“There are so many things coming down the pipe. The possibility of a DPW override for a new facility,” said Councilor Tacy.
He thinks the override will further hurt people who are already on fixed incomes and stretched thin.
“I think there are other ways to cut the budget, there are ways we haven’t explored yet,” said Tacy.
If passed the override will add 79 cents to every $1,000 of a homes value.
The election is Tuesday June 25th.