Do these fiscal challenges affect Westford in particular or are there other towns in the same situation?

Westford is not the only community in this situation.  Arlington passed an override for FY25 in November of 2023.  Groton, Dracut, Acton and other municipalities are considering an override.  Their Town Meetings are later than Westford’s.

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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?