DRACUT — Dracut voters by a wide margin approved two debt exclusions to help for a new fire station and to boost security at the towns elementary schools and middle schools.
Voters approved Question 1, which authorizes a $4 million debt exclusion to fund a new fire station on Nashua Road by a margin of 3,964 to 2,594, according to preliminary results.
Voters approved Question 2, which authorizes a $950,000 debt exclusion to implement additional security measures in schools, by a margin of 4,074 to 2,483, according to preliminary results.
The new fire station on Nashua Road will replace the tiny and aging station at 1990 Lakeview Ave.
Additional security measures in schools will include more cameras and monitors and improved access controls on entrances and exits.
Passage of both measures will increase the annual tax bill for the average home in Dracut by about $35. After five years, the school security exclusion will be paid for, leaving the average property owner with tax bill that is about $25 higher than usual.
— ROBERT MILLS