On April 1, 2008, a Dartmouth Town Election was held concerning Prop. 2 1/2 override questions, a debt exclusion question and seats in town government such as Select Board and School Committee. The election’s outcome carried much significance for the public library because the outcome of the election would ultimately determine the likelihood of the library retaining its certification. The library-specific override question in the menu approach to requests was successful.
Question 2: Passes
Shall the Town of Dartmouth be allowed to assess an additional $89,874 in real estate and personal property taxes for the purposes of funding the Public Library for library books, materials, and for operational costs for the Southworth Library, for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2008.
The other override question which involved the library was the general government question. If that question did not pass, three professional librarians and a custodian would have been laid off. This question also passed.
Question 5: Passes
Shall the Town of Dartmouth be allowed to assess an additional $1,511,405 in real estate and personal property taxes for the purposes of funding the operating budgets of the Town for the following categories: Public Safety (which includes Animal Control, Building Department, Emergency Management Agency, Parking Control, Sealer of Weights and Measures, Street Lights and Traffic Lights), Department of Public Works, Veterans’ Services, Health and Sanitation, Council on Aging, General Government, Libraries, and Park & Recreation, for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2008.
The final election issue related to the library was the debt exclusion question. If that question passed, the library’s roof would have been repaired, a heating/ventilation system would have been replaced and the parking lot would have been resurfaced. This question did not pass.
Question 7: Fails
Shall the Town of Dartmouth 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 fund the costs of (i) Department of Public Works Road Reconstruction and Garage Building Expansion, (ii) Southworth Library Roof Replacement, Heating Venting and Air Conditioning System replacement and Parking Lot resurfacing, (iii) Police Department Parking Lot resurfacing, (iv) Town Hall and Office Buildings Renovations including energy efficient mechanical system upgrades, (v) Public Schools Window Replacement and (vi) Elevator Installation at the Quinn Elementary School, including all costs incidental and related thereto?
Thank-you to all the voters who came out in support of the library. Our aim is to serve you and we are now much better equipped to continue striving to achieve excellence in meeting the community’s informational needs.