Aquinnah gears up for town election


Aquinnah is getting ready for its town election on May 15, and there will be many familiar names on the ballot. Board of selectmen chairman Gary Haley is seeking reelection, and he is unopposed. Tom Murphy is running for a one-year term on the planning board, and Jo-Ann Eccher and James Mahoney are running for two-year terms. The only contested seat is on the board of health, between Gerald Green and Elaine Vanderhoop. No candidate has taken out papers for the position of library trustee or constable.   

The only ballot question for this year is related to the $375,000 Proposition 2½ override for the town’s operating budget.


  1. Large annual overrides are required because town leaders have failed to seek federal reimbursement for town expenses of a federal Indian reservation that was created by a settlement agreement and state legislation that both provided for federal reimbursement. Aquinnah Assessors project that the resulting tax increases are unsustainable because they will hit the proposition 2.5 tax ceiling. Are Aquinnah taxpayers really going to just sit back and watch as their taxes skyrocket towards the ceiling with no plan beyond attacking the Assessors to squelch their message that the town should seek federal reimbursement?

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