Override for capital fund on ballot for June 1 Westhampton election
WESTHAMPTON — Town voters will weigh in Saturday on a proposed $50,000 property tax override to create a fund for future capital projects.
That issue is one of three on the ballot for Westhampton’s municipal election, from 8 a.m. to noon at Town Hall. Two other ballot questions ask voters whether to make the positions of tax collector and town treasurer appointed rather than elected offices.
The Proposition 2½ override would permanently raise Westhampton’s property tax rate of $17.15 per $1,000 of assessed value to create a fund for big-ticket municipal projects. It was unclear how much the increase would be for the average single-family home, valued at $271,200.
Select Board Chairman John Shaw Jr. said a capital fund would be a first for Westhampton.
“This is a major change,” he said. “We’ve had a Capital Funding Committee for five or six years but there have never been any funds put towards that.”
The only contested race in Saturday’s election is for town moderator, with two candidates running for a single one-year seat.
At May’s Town Caucus, Jennifer Walters and Richard “Bill” Tracy were nominated for the position, which had been filled for nearly three decades by Ralph Hancewicz. Hancewicz and his wife, Euthecia, moved to Rhode Island in April.
Write-in votes will be taken for the positions of auditor and Hampshire Council of Governments councilor, as no candidates filed for those offices, according to Margaret Parsons, town administrative assistant, treasurer and accounting officer.
In addition, two candidates for seats on the Board of Health and one for the Recreation Committee did not sign their nomination papers, meaning their names will not appear on the ballot and those offices will also be filled by write-in votes.
Mary Cleary is a write-in candidate for a two-year term on the Finance Committee, Parsons said.
In addition to Walters and Tracy, other candidates for town offices who will appear on the ballot are:
■ Select Board (one three-year seat): Arthur Pichette.
■ Board of Assessors (one three-year seat): incumbent Dolores Thornhill.
■ Planning Board (one three-year seat): incumbent Mark Schwallie.
■ Finance Committee (three three-year seats): Celeste Whiting, Jacqueline Brodeur, Aniko Giordano.
■ Elementary School Committee (one three-year seat): incumbent Ashleigh Norris.
■ Tree Warden (one one-year seat): Stephen Holt.
■ Library Trustees (two three-year seats): incumbent Sarah Mulvehill and newcomer Michele Nevins.
■ Constable North District (one three-year seat): incumbent Leroy Douchkoff.