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Walpole’s somber override history

February 17, 2012

NOTE: PLEASE SEE UPDATED VERSION HERE.

This year will be the SEVENTH consecutive year that Walpole voters have been faced with a Proposition 2.5 tax override. This could be a record.

Below is a comprehensive list of all of the past overrides going back to 2001, and how they fared with Walpole’s notoriously conservative electorate.

One thing to notice is that the proposed $3 million operational override this year will add almost $300 to the average tax bill and stay on the rolls forever. In contrast, all of the previous overrides for new facilities have been for smaller amounts – only as high as $80 per year – and have declined each year over two decades.

Does anyone else have any observations based on these results?

June 2, 2001: Operational Override ($3,709,259)
Turnout: 50%
Yes: 3517 (46.5%)
No: 3856 (51.0%)
Blanks: 185 (2.4%)
Total: 7558

September 11, 2001 Special Election: Operational Override ($3,709,259)
Turnout: 68%
Yes: 5259 (51.3%)
No: 4975 (48.5%)
Blanks: 20 (0%)
Total: 10254

June 3, 2006: Police Station Override ($10.5 million)
Turnout: 21%

Yes: 1250 (38.4%)
No: 1658 (50.9%)
Blanks: 351 (10.7%)
Total: 3259

March 31, 2007 Special Election: Municipal and School Operational Override ($3,900,000 – $2.65 million for schools, $1.3 million for municipal) ($400 per family per year, forever)
Turnout: 48%

Yes: 2937 (39.2%)
No: 4550 (60.7%)
Total: 7,487

November 4, 2008 (coincides with presidential election): Library Override ($7 million) ($80 per family per year, declining each year over 20 years)
Turnout: 82.7%

Yes: 6116 (44.7%)
No: 6978 (51.1%)
Blanks: 561 (4.1%)
Total: 13655

June 6, 2009: Library Override ($6.2 million) ($70 per family per year, declining each year over 20 years)
Turnout: 35%

As Certified After Recount:
Yes: 2,775 (48.4%)
No: 2767 (48.2%)
Blanks: 193 (3.3%)
Total: 5735

June 5, 2010: Robbins Road Police Station Override ($7.9 million + $600,000 Fire Station Study) ($78 per family per year, declining each year over 20 years)
Turnout: 34%

Yes: 1057 (19%)
No: 4269 (77%)
Blanks: 223 (4%)
Total: 5549

June 4, 2011: Walpole Woodworkers Override ($4.7 million including study and insurance) ($46 per family per year, declining each year over 20 years)
Turnout: 26%

Yes: 1576 (37%)
No: 2362 (55.5%)
Blanks: 315 (7.4%)
Total: 4253

June 2, 2012: Municipal and School Operational Override ($3 million – $2.7 million for schools, $300,000 for municipal) ($330 per family per year, forever)

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Any predictions of what the 2012 result will be?

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Dalila Byrnes permalink
    May 14, 2012 1:32 PM

    Thank You for your very informative blog. Have been trying to find out how many overrides have been on our ballets for the past few years. You answered my question!

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