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The price of "Yes."

Posted by Ralph Ranalli April 15, 2007 02:00 PM

NEEDHAM

What does it cost to get a property tax override passed? In Needham, the answer is apparently $14,025.

The Yes for Needham campaign raised that amount through more than 100 donations before last week’s vote. Individual contributions ranged from a low of $20 to the $2000 donated by the biggest donors, Bridle Trail Road residents Steve and Krista Alperin.

A number of supporters gave $500 to the campaign, including Aaron and Whitney Connaughton of South Street, Mark and Kimberly Notkin of Bridle Trail Road, Terry and James Windhorst of Norwich Road, and David Black of Whitman Road. The money paid for direct mailings, signs and an advertisement in the local newspaper.

Voters approved a $1.1 million operating override to avoid laying off nine teachers and a $21 million debt exclusion override to renovate High Rock Elementary School. An operating override raises the town's tax levy permanently, while a debt exclusion override lasts only until the construction bonds or loans for a particular project are paid off.

-– Lauren K. Meade

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