December 1, 2020 Special Election

The Town of Wellesley will hold a Special Election on Tuesday, December 1, 2020. Residents will cast ballots on a proposed debt exclusion to fund construction costs for the Wellesley Middle School Building Systems.

This proposed $12.8 million capital project addresses much-needed interior and exterior improvements that would extend the use of the building for another 25 years. Most of the work will take place during Summer 2021 and be completed by early Fall 2021.

If approved, the project would temporarily increase property taxes beginning in July 2021. The increased amount paid will decline each year over the 10 years that the debt is paid. Here are a few scenarios to help homeowners determine the approximate initial tax impact in the first year.

  • For properties worth $500,000, annual property taxes would increase by approximately $71 in the first year.
  • For properties worth $1,158,000 (current median Wellesley home value), annual property taxes would increase by approximately $164 in the first year.
  • For properties worth $2,000,000, annual property taxes would increase by approximately $284 in the first year.
  • For properties worth $3,000,000, annual property taxes would increase by approximately $426 in the first year.

Question #1 on the ballot reads: 

"Shall the Town of Wellesley be exempt from the provisions of proposition two and one-half, so called, the amounts required to pay for the bonds issued in order to provide construction funds, architectural and engineering services, construction administration, project management, and any associated costs related to the renovation of the Middle School Building Systems located at 50 Kingsbury Street to accommodate the classroom and/or the administrative needs of the School Department and/or other educational needs of the Town, and for any other services in connection therewith?"Dec. Election_posting

Vote-by-Mail ballots are currently being sent to all Wellesley residents who have requested them for the December 1, 2020 election. If you would like to request a mail-in ballot, please complete the Vote by Mail application and return to Elections@wellesleyma.gov.  Questions: contact the Town Clerk's office at 781-431-1019 ext. 2252. 

Ballots are due to the Town Clerk's office no later than 8:00 PM on Tuesday December 1, 2020. Ballots may be returned in the Ballot and Payment Drop Box at Town Hall (Washington Street side across from the bell).  A stamp is required if returning ballots via the US Postal Service.