DePinto said members of the Tri-Board, a joint panel that comprised selectmen, the School Committee, and the Finance and Advisory Board, all agreed at that time that they would “not support any override for five years with the exception of the debt exclusion for the middle school.”
He said he also believes it is “the wrong time to be asking people to kick in,” noting that as a certified public accountant, he is aware of added taxes and fees many residents face or might be hit with at the state and federal levels.
Selectman Thomas Boussy, who joined the board after last year’s debt exclusion, voted in support of the CPA.
“For years, the town hasn’t properly funded the creation and maintenance of our most basic assets,” Boussy said. “With the CPA, we have an opportunity to finally address our fields and playgrounds, our 97-year-old fire station, and our other historic buildings in the town, including the library, to make improvements to our open space as well as our low-income housing.”
He said the town could make those improvements with the state picking up 27 to 40 percent of the costs.
“I’m just not willing to turn a blind eye to that kind of money,” he said.
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