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Maurice’s Campground

Voters approved measures to purchase Maurice’s Campground. Credit: Sophie Proe

Voters approved a debt exclusion Tuesday (Sept. 20) to pay for the bond to purchase Maurice’s Campground in Wellfleet, Mass., for $6.5 million by a vote of 583 to 247, according to the Cape Cod Times.

It was one of three ballot questions that passed in the Special Town Election during which 833, or 27% of the town’s 3,071 registered voters cast ballots.

Voters also approved overrides to Proposition 2½ to fund $115,000 for a human resource director position and $225,000 to maintain and operate Maurice’s Campground for one year.

There was a lot of discussion about the purchase of Maurice’s Campground at the special town meeting on Sept. 10. The article to purchase the 21-acre campground and turn it into a site for affordable and attainable housing eventually passed by a two-thirds majority vote.

Town officials had not calculated the override tax increase amount for property owners by the Times’ deadline.

The agreement with the campground’s owners calls for maintaining the site as a campground for six years in order to give residents time to find other housing. Town officials said it would take several years to get permitting, design and approvals for housing and wastewater treatment projects to be built on the property.

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