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Breaking point? Some towns resist property tax hikes

Posted June 10, 2011 07:32 AM

Facing economic hardship and uncertain job prospects, voters north of Boston this year are rejecting pleas to approve property tax increases that would spare cuts in local services and support school spending.

The issue has divided voters in 23 of 57 Massachusetts communities north of Boston as local leaders struggle to craft balanced budgets for the upcoming fiscal year in the face of falling state aid and dwindling local receipts. Voters in eight communities — Boxford, Essex, Georgetown, Groveland, Marblehead, Saugus, Topsfield, and Winchester — had more than one request to consider.

Read Brenda J. Buote's story from Globe North here and her deeper look at some towns' opposition here.

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