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Live coverage of Northampton override forum begins at 7 p.m. Click here.

The override will be put to a citywide vote during the June 25 election.

The forum will feature presentations by pro- and anti-override speakers, and residents will have an opportunity to speak publicly.

Gazette reporter Rebecca Everett will be live-tweeting the event using the hashtag #Hamp-Override. For live coverage of the forum, follow @GazetteRebecca. You can also keep up with Everett’s tweets from the www.GazetteNet.com homepage.

If approved, the override would raise the tax rate 79 cents for every $1,000 of assessed home valuation, increasing the tax bill for an average single-family home valued at $297,323 by about $235. The increase would be permanently added to the city’s tax levy.

The money would be used to plug a projected $1.4 million budget gap next fiscal year and to create a cushion for the next several years. It would be divvied up like this: $1 million for the schools, $726,300 to other city departments and $773,700 for an override stabilization account.

Go to this page and calculate your tax with and without the override: http://www.yesnorthampton.org/budget

I don't see any comments that the 79 cent override increase is in addition to the 48 cent increase which is the allowed 2 1/2 percent increase. The total amount increase will be $1.27 per thousand, not 79 cents as stated in the gazette.

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