Originally posted at 8:29 p.m. Last updated at 8:58 a.m. Wednesday with official results from City Clerk Lisa Ferguson.
FRAMINGHAM – Framingham voters overwhelmingly supporting increasing their taxes for 20 years to pay for a new $98 million Fuller Middle School.
City Clerk Lisa Ferguson announced the unofficial vote of 4,300 to 703, just before 8:30 p.m.
The official vote, released Wednesday morning, was 4,301 to 703,
More than 85 percent of the 5,007 voters, who went to the polls, said yes to the debt exclusion.
The turnout was 12% of the 41,593 voters.
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Posted by Yes for Fuller on Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Voter turnout was very low to start the day. Less than 2 percent of the City’s voters had participated in the special election as of 10 a.m., and only 3.65% percent of voters had went to the polls by noon.
The Yes For Fuller! group then took to social media and also the phones to push the vote out. It worked as, by 6 p.m., almost 10 percent of the City had cast a vote.
Every one of the 18 Precincts supported the vote. Yes prevailed in all 18.
Precinct 4 had the highest turnout with 554 voters.
District 9 (Precincts 16 and 17 had the fewest voters) with just 68 for the day. Precinct 17 had the lowest voter turnout with just 30 voters, but yes prevailed 27-3
“It was an amazing day, and it has been an amazing journey” said Yes for Fuller chair Donna Kilcoyne Orthoefer. “Every one can agree this is a great project for our community, our schools, and the economic development of Framingham.”
“Tonight is a monumentous occasion, and a victory for our kids” said Superintendent of Schools Bob Tremblay speaking at the yes For Fuller! celebration. “This is a huge night for us, and I want to thank the taxpayers of Framingham.”
“I am so thrilled to be leading this work in the district,” said Tremblay.
The project is expected to break ground this spring and open in fall of 2022.
“Tonight Framingham came together and strongly supported education, fiscal responsibility, and our community. From the groundwork Town Government led, to the closing work done by our new city leading us to today, I am so proud of this long term effort. Now we get to build a school,” said School Committee Chair Adam Freudberg.
“I am incredible proud of what our community has done tonight,” said District 3 School Committee member Scott Wadland. He was a member of the executive committee for Yes For Fuller! and a former member of the Fuller Middle School Council. His twin daughters, now at Framingham High, attended the middle school for three years.
Wadland said the vote tonight was a “watershed moment that brings our community together.”
He said the fact that 86% of the residents supported the project, means that the community “trusted us with our vision and did the right thing for Framingham.”
“Thank you to all those who came out and voted. This is a positive step in the right directions for the children of Framingham,” said District 7 School Committee member Tiffani Maskell. “It helps address the inequity for the kids who attended Fuller Middle School in regards to the districts middle schools.”
Fuller built in 1957, was originally Framingham South High School. The building, now more than six decades old, has structural and other problems.
With the passage of the debt exclusion vote, the average taxpayer will see an increase of about $101 per year on their annual tax bill.
“This is an investment in education in Framingham,” said District 2 School Committee member Ricky Finlay, who is also a member of the School Building Committee.
“This is a great day for Framingham. A day that has been long coming,” said Mayor Yvonne Spicer. “We gain another wonder asset, community asset, that will be open and available to many.”