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Wellesley voters approve $31 million in tax hikes

Posted by Erica Noonan, Globe West May 15, 2007 08:54 PM

WELLESLEY

Voters in Wellesley approved $31 million in temporary tax hikes on Tuesday by a 2-to-1 ratio, according to unofficial results from the town clerk's office.

About 32 percent of registered voters -- nearly 5,000 people -- turned out for two debt exclusion overrides of Proposition 2 1/2, both set to expire after 10 years.

Sixty-seven percent of voters approved $18 million to pay for health benefits for retired employees. That will add about $165 annually to the average homeowner's tax bill.

The second question, $13 million to pay for school repairs, storm drainage projects and improvements to Morses Pond, was approved by 70 percent of voters. That will cost homeowners about $25 per year until 2010, when the bill rises to $175 annually, gradually tapering off by 2017.

-- Erica Noonan

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