By Bruce Amaro
---- — GROVELAND – Voters elected a new selectman last night and confirmed that they want to borrow $3.7 million to buy Center Street land.
With a 27 percent voter turnout, veteran campaigner Joseph D’Amore won with 744 votes, followed by Anthony Dalton with 346 votes and Kathleen Greaney with 206 votes.
Housing authority incumbent Linda Anderson retained her seat with 672 votes to challenger Jay Collins, who earned 357 votes.
D’Amore, who lost his selectman’s bid last year, returned this spring to win the three-way race for the seat in a hotly contested race after 18-year veteran William Darke announced his retirement from the Board of Selectmen.
Anthony Dalton ran against D’Amore, a member of the Pentucket School Committee, and Kathleen Greaney, a retired manager with 30 years at Verizon.
“I am flattered by receiving a mandate by our voters,” D’Amore said. “This imposes an awesome responsibility. I am excited about the possibilities for improving our government,” he said of his overwhelming victory.
Dalton was not available for comment. He was with his mother, who only hours earlier yesterday had suffered serious injury in a car accident at the entrance to the polling station at 183 Main St. about 6:15 p.m.
Kathleen Greaney, the third selectman candidate, was not available for comment.
The vote to allow the town to borrow $3.7 million as a debt exclusion to buy the land at 150 Center St. proved the more long-term contentious issue of this season’s election over the projected hike in the tax rate.
The vote will allow the town to begin the process to purchase the 61 acres for which it has no immediate plans, and will keep as open space, as defined in the recent warrant article passed at Town Meeting last Monday.
The town will finance 100 percent of the purchase with an estimated 20-year debt exclusion that would raise taxes an estimated $122.17 per year on each tax bill for 20 years.
This comes a year after Groveland’s taxes increased by 12 percent.