AHS front new rendering 10-27

This artist’s rendering shows what the front of a new Attleboro High School might look like.

ATTLEBORO — Most city voters will get two different ballots when they go to the polls for a special election April 3.

Cheryl Perry, the elections office manager, said there will be a ballot for a city election and a separate one for the state representative contest.

The municipal election ballot will have a referendum question asking voters if they will approve a tax hike for a new $260 million high school.

Voters in Ward 6 will also have another choice to make, as that ballot will also have a place to vote for Scott Domenici of Seanna Road, who is the only candidate for an open seat on the city’s school committee.

The second ballot will be given to voters in every precinct except 3B, so voters can make a decision in the contested race for state representative.

That ballot will have the names of Democrat Jim Hawkins and Republican Julie Hall, the two candidates running for the open seat.

Precinct 3B is excluded from the race because it is in a legislative district represented by state Rep. Betty Poirier, R-North Attleboro.

The state representative special election was made necessary by the resignation of Paul Heroux, who left the House when he became mayor on Jan. 2.

The ballot question will ask city voters raise their own taxes to fund the design and construction of a new high school.

The estimated cost of the new high school is close to $260 million, but the city, if voters approve the override, will be responsible for paying around 51 percent of that amount or $133.4 million.

City officials estimate that for the average house, which is valued at $280,000, the average annual property tax increase will be about $277 a year.

Jim Hand may be reached at 508-236-0399 or jhand@thesunchronicle.com. You can follow him on Twitter at @TSCpolitics.

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