Mashpee Town Elections Polls Move to Parish of Christ the King

The May Town Election is scheduled for Tuesday, May 15, at Parish of Christ the King.

Two seats are up for reelection on the Mashpee Board of Selectmen. Selectmen Thomas F. O’Hara and John J. Cotton both confirmed they will seek another term.

Two seats are also up for reelection on the Mashpee Planning Board. Dennis H. Balzarini and Mary E. Waygan announced that they would both seek reelection as well.

Seats are also open on the Mashpee School Committee, Mashpee Housing Authority and the Mashpee Water District Board of Commissioners. An associate position is open on the planning board.

Also, at the elections Mashpee voters will be asked to approve a debt exclusion to fund the town’s share of the construction of a new building that will house Cape Cod Regional Technical High School.

This is the second year in a row the town has requested a tax increase outside Proposition 2 1⁄2, a state law that restricts increases in the annual tax levy.

The town’s share of the approximately $130 million Cape Tech project is about $16 million, although the number could fluctuate year to year based on the enrollment of Mashpee students in the school.

If voters back the ballot question, the town would pay its share of the project through an increase in taxes. If they vote no, the funds would likely come from cuts to the town’s operating budget.