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Sturbridge OKs debt exclusion for Burgess


19 percent of voters grant lopsided win



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Two Sturbridge residents cast their votes Monday in the $22 million debt exclusion question that approved the proposed Burgess Elementary School building and renovation project. Christopher Tanguay. (click for larger version)
October 26, 2009
STURBRIDGE — Nine hundred and sixty-one voters did it.

The debt exclusion needed to give the Burgess Elementary School building and renovation project the green light passed Monday, Oct. 26 by a resounding margin.

Shortly after 8 p.m. in the Burgess south gymnasium, Town Clerk Lorraine Murawski announced that of the 6,369 registered voters in Sturbridge, 1,230 — many of them young mothers — turned out to cast their ballot in the $22 million question — 19 percent of those eligible to vote.

The vote was the second half of a two-part question, the first of which received majority approval at the Monday, Oct. 19 Special Town Meeting.

The debt exclusion passed by 692 votes, with only 269 people voting in opposition.

See Wednesday's Southbridge Evening News for complete coverage of community news.

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