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NORTHAMPTON — The city will host a public forum on a proposed $2.5 million Proposition 2½ override Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Bridge Street School cafeteria.
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.