SHIRLEY -- Selectmen at their meeting Monday night signed three warrants for as many election ballots, two for the same day.

On Tuesday, Nov. 6, a town ballot will ask voters if they will accept a Proposition 2 1/2 tax override to fund a new police officer's position, equipment and insurance benefits. The tax override election will coincide with the presidential election.

The polling place at Town Hall will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Nov. 6.

If voters say yes to the override, the average tax bill would go up by about 13 cents per thousand dollars in property valuation, adding about $33 to the average annual tax bill based on an average-priced home, Chairman Andy Deveau said, quoting information from Principal Assessor Becky Boucher.

The second and third ballots were both for the same date: Saturday, Nov. 17, when a debt-exclusion election will be held at the same time as the Ayer-Shirley Regional School District election, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The district, or regional ballot, will ask voters if they want to approve moving forward with a proposed $56.7 million high-school renovation and addition project.

A debt-exclusion ballot will ask if voters will allow their taxes to be raised temporarily to fund their share of the building project cost.

The lion's share of the cost -- $37 million -- will be paid by the Massachusetts School Building Authority, which recently voted to reimburse the district for more than 70 percent of covered project costs.


The two member towns will split the local share of about $19 million per a formula in the regional agreement and based on student enrollment.

Shirley's share may be even lower than the 40 percent spelled out in the agreement if Ayer voters at an upcoming Special Town Meeting approve an amendment aimed at compensating Shirley for some of its remaining debt on the middle-school building, which students from both towns now share.

The amendment passed at Shirley's Special Town Meeting last month.

The Nov. 17 elections will be held in Ayer and Shirley at the same time that day. The district-wide or regional election ballots will be counted together, with the outcome determined by a total count of both towns together.

Debt-exclusion elections, however, will be separate and distinct to each town, although held at the same time.

Town Clerk Amy McDougall said the deadline for voter registration for the Nov. 6 elections is Oct. 17. She will be in the office from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. that day. All voter registrations must be turned in or, if mailed, postmarked by that date, she said.

Registrations may be turned in at any town hall. Forms are available at her office, the library on online.

The voter registration deadline for the Nov. 17 elections is Friday, Oct. 26.

Absentee ballots will be available either that day or by the following week, she said. "If you will be out of town on Election Day, you can apply in writing for an absentee ballot."

Anyone with questions may call the town clerk at Town Hall during business hours. The number is 978-425-2600, ext. 205.