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June 26, 2013

Manchester voters back debt-exclusion overrides

MANCHESTER — While casting their choice for Gabriel Gomez in the state’s special election for U.S. Senate, Manchester voters also overwhelmingly backed two Proposition 2 1/2 debt exclusion override articles at the polls yesterday.

The first question, which asked voters to exceed the tax limit by roughly $160,000 to cover the cost of repairing the sewer outfall pipe in Manchester Harbor, passed with 1,077 votes in favor and 387 opposed.

The second question, which asked voters to exclude $510,000 in debt costs from the Proposition 2 1/2 limits to repair the Singing Beach seawall and other damage done by storms throughout the past spring and winter, passed by a similar count, 1,053-411. Other places around town heavily damaged include Ocean Street, White Beach, Black Beach and Tucks Point.

There were 31 blank ballots in all; of Manchester’s 3,930 registered voters, 1,495 of them cast their ballots. That’s a turnout of 39 percent, the highest on Cape Ann and among the highest in the state on a day when low turnouts prevailed.

In the Senate election, Manchester voters backed Gomez over Congressman and now senator-elect Edward Markey by a count of 804-727. The results mean that, while Markey won by an overall precentage of roughly 55-45 percent, Gomez took both Manchester and Essex while Markey claimed Gloucester and Rockport on Cape Ann.

For more on this story, look to tomorrow’s print and online editions of the Gloucester Daily Times and gloucestertimes.com.

James Niedzinski can be reached at 978-283-7000, x 3455 or at jniedzinski@gloucestertimes.com.

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