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Forum in Easthampton on proposed $1.4 million property tax override to fund schools

At the forum, scheduled for 7 p.m. at school headquarters at 50 Payson Ave., residents will have a chance to ask questions about the override measure, which voters will decide on Nov. 6.

Panelists will include city schools Superintendent Nancy Follansbee, School Committee Chair Peter Gunn, Center/Pepin School Principal Robert Orlando and Meredith Balise, president of the Easthampton Education Association.

Question No. 4 on the ballot asks voters to approve a $1.4 million property tax override to fund staff positions and programs at the city schools.

Figures from the mayor’s office show the impact of the proposed override would be $1 for each $1,000 of assessed property value in Easthampton. A resident with a home valued at $300,000 would pay an added $300 per year in taxes if the measure is approved.

For information about the forum, contact Peter Marks, 203-5420 or Marin Goldstein, 977-3409, of the Committee for Stronger Schools.

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