Wenham Town Meeting this Saturday.
Hamilton next Monday and Tuesday nights.

A Capital Debt Exclusion (CDE) is on the warrants for both the Hamilton and Wenham Town Meetings. The CDE will be used for school repairs and safety/health improvements and to address several NEASC compliance issues. For more detailed information, please click here.

Town Leadership is in support of the CDE:

The Capital Debt Exclusion is being recommended by both towns’ board of selectmen and finance committees.

How is this different from an operational override:

This is not an operational override nor a permanent tax increase. Thanks to historically low interest rates, the CDE will have a minimal impact on our tax bills; the impact, based on median assessed home values, is $30.37 per year in Hamilton and $31.46 per year in Wenham for 10 years.

The Capital Debt Exclusion will not be easy to get passed. Here’s why:

A 2/3 majority in favor of the article is required at both town meetings to get the Capital Debt Exclusion placed on the ballot.

That means we need a very strong turnout of school supporters this Saturday at 1 p.m. in Wenham and next Monday and Tuesday nights at 7:30 p.m. in Hamilton in order to get the Capital Debt Exclusion placed on the ballot.

Then, school supporters need to vote Yes at the ballot box on Election Day, Thursday, May 14.

If the article fails at either town at Town Meeting or at the ballot, it will not be reconsidered and will not be re-voted on.

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