Voting information for Monday, May 19th

When you go to the Hopkinton Middle School to vote on Monday, May 19th you will be asked to complete 2 tasks:

1) Vote in the general Election (i.e. vote for Selectman, Parks and Rec Commissioners, School Committee, Board or Health, etc.)

To prepare for this task, you can go to www.educatehopkinton.com for information on the candidates.

2) Vote on 2 Ballot Questions

To prepare for this task, the ballot questions are included below:

QUESTION #1

Shall the Town of Hopkinton be allowed to exempt from the provisions of Proposition 2 ½, so-call, the amounts required to pay for the bonds issued in order to obtain plans, designs, cost estimates and bid documents, as well as to provide for the acquisition of all materials, equipment, engineering, needs analyses and services necessary or appropriate for the repair, maintenance, renovation or improvement of municipal buildings and grounds, school buildings and grounds to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990?

Yes ___________ No _____________

This question is about mandatory compliance with the American with Disabilities Act. If approved, it allows the town to borrow funds to improve accessibility to our public buildings. The amount that will be borrowed is $157,232 which was approved by a 2/3 vote on Article 50 at Annual Town Meeting.

QUESTION #2

Shall the Town of Hopkinton be allowed to exempt from the provisions of Proposition 2 ½, so-called, the amounts required to pay for the bonds issued in order to obtain soil borings, topographical studies, land surveys, wetlands surveys, preliminary site development plans, schematic designs, architectural and engineering designs, cost estimates, bid documents, and construction alternatives for the renovation or replacement of the Center Elementary School located at 11 Ash Street in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, for which feasibility study the Town may be eligible for a grant from the Massachusetts School Building Authority?

Yes ___________ No _____________

This question is about a state mandated feasibility study to resolve issues around the viability of Center School and Hopkinton’s facility planning efforts. The amount approved by a 2/3 vote on Article 48 at Annual Town Meeting was $385,000, but at least 40% of that would be reimbursed by the Massachusetts School Building Authority, bringing actual borrowing to no more than $231,000. If approved, the funding allows Hopkinton to move forward with applying for state funds for school buildings. If not approved, Hopkinton would be removed from the current list of eligible projects.

In addition to these projects receiving Town Meeting endorsement, both of these Questions require a majority vote at the polls.

www.educatehopkinton encourages you to read up on the issues and exercise your right to vote.

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