Ballot Questions for the 2019 Town Election

Ballot Questions for the 2019 Town Election
Vote “Yes” or “No” on the following question appearing on the ballot.

QUESTION 1 (Underride)

Shall the Town of Hopkinton be required to reduce the amount of real estate and personal property taxes to be assessed for the fiscal year beginning July first, two thousand and nineteen by an amount equal to $1,180,568 (ONE MILLION, ONE HUNDRED EIGHTY THOUSAND, FIVE HUNDRED SIXTY-EIGHT DOLLARS)?

A Yes Vote Means:

  • The Town’s expected budget and tax rate for fiscal year 2020 will not be affected by either a yes or no vote. Impacts will be in fiscal year 2021 and beyond.
  • If the underride is approved, the levy limit for fiscal year 2021 is estimated to be $70,323,776. With the addition of $5,481,886 in previously approved excluded Debt Service, the Town Meeting can levy taxes at or below a ceiling of $75,805,662 for fiscal year 2021.
  • In future fiscal years, the levy limit will rise by 2.5% over the prior fiscal year’s levy limit, plus an allowance for new growth in the Town.

A No Vote Means:

  • The Town’s expected budget and tax rate for fiscal year 2020 will not be affected by either a yes or no vote. Impacts will be in fiscal year 2021 and beyond.
  • If the underride fails, the levy limit for fiscal year 2021 is estimated to be $71,504,344. With the addition of $5,481,886 in previously approved excluded Debt Service, the Town Meeting can levy taxes at or below a ceiling of $76,986,230 for fiscal year 2021.
  • In future fiscal years, the levy limit, including any unused levy, will rise by 2.5% of the prior fiscal year’s levy limit, plus an allowance for new growth in the Town

Town of Hopkinton Underride Issue Paper, March 14, 2019

Dear eHop: Impact of an underride and slowing growth on taxes?


QUESTION 2:

Shall the Town of Hopkinton be allowed to exempt from the provisions of proposition two and one-half, so-called, the amounts required to pay for the bond issued in order to purchase a Ladder Truck for the Fire Department?

At the 2019 Annual Town Meeting, the voters voted to borrow $1,200,000 to be used for the purchase of a ladder
truck, accessories and any other related costs for the Fire Department. This borrowing was
made contingent on the passage of a debt exclusion under Proposition 2 1/2, authorizing a
temporary increase in the Town’s levy limit to cover the cost of borrowing for this item. A YES
vote would mean that the funds are approved, and the expenditure can proceed. A NO vote
would mean that the funds are disapproved, and the expenditure cannot proceed without a
future ballot vote within 90 days.

Information with photos about the Ladder Truck, provided at Town Meeting

Question 2 Ladder Truck


QUESTION 3:

Shall the Town of Hopkinton be allowed to exempt from the provisions of two and one-half, so-called, the amounts required to pay for the bond issued in order to purchase an interest in land contiguous with the Town Hall property for the purpose of providing Town Hall parking?

At the 2019 Annual Town Meeting, the voters voted to borrow $520,000 to acquire a parcel of land located at 6 Walcott Street for the purpose of providing Town Hall parking. This borrowing was made contingent on the passage of a debt exclusion under Proposition 2 1/2, authorizing a temporary increase in the Town’s levy limit to cover the cost of borrowing for this item. A YES vote would mean that the funds are approved, and the expenditure can proceed. A NO vote would mean that the funds are disapproved, and the expenditure cannot proceed without a future ballot vote within 90 days.

Information with maps about Municipal Parking, provided at Town Meeting

Question 3 - Municipal Parking 6 Walcott St


QUESTION 4:

Shall the Town of Hopkinton be allowed to exempt from the provisions of two and one-half, so-called, the amounts required to pay for the bond issued in order to purchase an interest in one or more parcels of land for the purpose of providing municipal parking in the downtown area?

At the 2019 Annual Town Meeting, the voters voted to borrow $540,000 to acquire a parcel of land located at 25 and 35 Main Street, for the purpose of providing municipal parking in the downtown area. This borrowing was made contingent on the passage of a debt exclusion under Proposition 2 1/2, authorizing a temporary increase in the Town’s levy limit to cover the cost of borrowing for this item. A YES vote would mean that the funds are approved, and the expenditure can proceed. A NO vote would mean that the funds are disapproved, and the expenditure cannot proceed without a future ballot vote within 90 days.

Information with maps about Municipal Parking, provided at Town Meeting

Question 4 - Municipal Parking 25-35 Main St



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