TOWNSEND -- Residents on Tuesday overwhelmingly voted down a Proposition 2 1/2 override that was proposed to close a $416,728 deficit in the town's budget.
The vote failed, 1,026-482.
As opposed to two previous override votes, this one was proposed by the town, rather than the school district. The override was designed to close a deficit in the town budget left by a previous failed Aug. 28 override, which was designed to supplement funds for the regional school district that Townsend shares with Pepperell and Ashby.
Because Pepperell and Ashby voted in favor of the previous override, Townsend is required to fund its portion of the supplemental budget to the district, which totals $416,728.
As a result of Tuesday's failed override, the town will vote at a Special Town Meeting on Thursday to appropriate the amount through $271,117 in departmental budget cuts, additional found revenue and through the transfer of $22,632 from free cash.
For more on this story, see Friday's Townsend Times.