ASHBY -- Ashby voters overwhelmingly voiced their approval Saturday at Special Town Meeting for a proposal to build a new $89 million North Middlesex Regional High School.
The vote now sends the project to a debt-exclusion vote that will be on the town's annual town election ballot April 28.
All three member towns must pass a debt-exclusion ballot question at their respective annual town elections later this spring to fund the project. Once the project is funded, construction can begin.
Ashby was the third of the three member towns making up the North Middlesex Regional School District to vote on the project. Pepperell and Townsend previously voted to approve the project in their respective town meeting votes.
The project needed to pass in all three communities, unlike the passage of the district's operating budget, which only two of the three communities must pass.
The proposed construction project will cost $89.09 million, with $40.2 million of that reimbursed by the Massachusetts School Building Authority.
Taxes will rise $143 per $100,000 valuation in Ashby. The increases would go into full effect in 2018 and last for 28 years.
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