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Reading approves more taxes for library project, Wakefield rejects downtown garage

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Reading voters agreed to an additional tax increase for a library building project, while Wakefield voters rejected a land transfer for a joint downtown municipal and private parking garage in Tuesday’s elections.

Residents approved a $3.5 million debt exclusion, or temporary tax increase, to cover the added costs of the planned renovation and expansion of Reading Public Library. The vote was 2,430 to 1,899.

In Wakefield, residents voted, 2,527 to 2,105, to overturn a Special Town Meeting vote held in February. That vote authorized the town to convey a 17,999-square-foot parcel at 344 Main St. to Brightview Senior Living, which sought to build an assisted living facility on an adjacent site now owned by the Fraen Corp. A 198-car parking garage for use by the town, banks and assisted living facility would have been built on the site.

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