Winchester says no to technology override

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Voters in Winchester on Tuesday rejected a proposal to permanently increase property taxes to address the town’s many technological challenges

Winchester Selectman James A. Johnson III had proposed the town set aside money every year in a stabilization fund to improve technology at Town Hall and in the public schools. The proposal was defeated, with 3,415 residents voting against the measure and 2,885 in favor, according to preliminary election results from the town clerk’s office.

The question called for a $350,000override of Proposition 2½. The vote continued Winchester’s long history of rejecting permanent tax increases. Over the past 15 years, voters have been asked to approve 15 overrides. Of those, only two passed.

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