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April 3, 2012

Two tax hikes on Merrimac ballot

MERRIMAC — The ballot has been set for the town's May 7 annual election. Aside from voting for candidates, residents will be faced with two tax hike questions, one to fund the town's assessment for the Pentucket Regional School District and the other to fund repairs to Spring Hill Road.

Question 1 read: "Shall the Town of Merrimac be allowed to assess an additional $195,000 in real estate and personal property taxes for the purpose of funding a portion of the Town of Merrimac's share of the assessment from Pentucket Regional School District for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2012?"

Question 2 is: "Shall the Town of Merrimac be allowed to exempt from the provisions of Prop. 21/2, so-called, the amounts required to pay for the bond issued for the reconstruction of Spring Hill Road?" Selectmen recently approved the override at $500,000.

Although most positions have a candidate, two seats on Park and Recreation, one for four years and the other for five, have none. There are no contested seats.

Seeking election are:

Moderator, for one year, Robert J. Bender, incumbent

Selectmen, for three years, Robert R. Brown Jr., to fill the seat vacated by Selectman Carol Traynor

Assessor, for three years, Edward R. Davis, incumbent

Planning Board, for five years, John R. Thomas, incumbent

School Committee, for three years, Wayne P. Adams, to fill the seat vacated by Todd Treado

Board of Health, for three years, Russell S. Hussey

Library Trustee, for three years, Jennifer P. Brown, Susan M. Coburn, both incumbents

Cemetery Trustee, for three years, Patricia E. Casey, incumbent

Light Commissioner, for three years, James B. Young, incumbent

Housing Authority, for five years, Altha E. Ottman, incumbent

Housing Authority, for 3 Years, Donald J. Bongiovi

Merrimac's town election will be held on May 7 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Merrimac Public Library.

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