What is the amount of the override and how will that impact my taxes?

The Select Board is still discussing the mechanics of the override and the actual amount.  The budget gap in FY25 is approximately $5.3M and in FY26 is approximately $4.7M.  For reference, each $1 million in an override would add an additional $112 to the annual property tax bill for a home with the average home value in Westford ($756,500.)  The Assessors Office and Technology Department are working on a tax rate calculator for FY25 which will provide an estimate for each properties tax bill with the override amount.

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1. What is an Override?
2. The Town passed an override in 2017. Why are we being asked to pass another one?
3. What is the amount of the override and how will that impact my taxes?
4. How do we ensure we aren't back in the same place next year or the year after asking for another override?
5. Do these fiscal challenges affect Westford in particular or are there other towns in the same situation?
6. Over a year ago, did we know about these upcoming budget deficits when the library expansion vote was on the table?
7. Should we reconsider pursuing the Library Project during a challenging budgetary cycle?
8. What financial supports exist for fixed income or low socioeconomic households?