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Sudbury, Arlington split on overrides

By Jennifer Fenn Lefferts and Brock Parker
Globe Correspondents / June 8, 2011

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Proposition 2 1/2 override petitions had mixed success yesterday as residents in Sudbury voted down a measure and Arlington’s citizens approved their bid.

Eight positions will be cut at Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School next year after Sudbury voters narrowly rejected a $553,000 override.

“It will be a difficult year for some kids at Lincoln-Sudbury and a more difficult year than we would have hoped,’’ said Mark Collins, chairman of the Lincoln-Sudbury School Committee.

In the Arlington vote, taxes are expected to increase by $450 per year on the median Arlington home after voters approved an override that will save dozens of teaching jobs.

With a turnout of about 47 percent, 7,226 Arlington voters voted in favor of the Proposition 2 1/2½ override and 6,366 rejected the tax hike, according to preliminary results.

The override will add about $6.49 million to town coffers.

If the override had failed, officials would have been forced to cut 40 teachers and additional staff from Arlington schools, scale back library hours, and cut more than a dozen jobs from the public works, fire, and police departments.

Brock Parker can be reached at brock.globe@gmail.com; Jennifer Fenn Lefferts at jflefferts@yahoo.com.

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