By Carol Britton Meyer
Hingham's Annual Town Meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 24, at 7 p.m. at Hingham High School. Warrant articles that will be presented for voter approval range from a proposed $7.9 million override to whether to allow separate Accessory Dwelling Units on single-family lots to establishing a Hingham Climate Action Commission charged with supporting, overseeing, and "holding to account" the town’s implementation of the Climate Action Plan.
Warrants will be mailed to every Hingham household with complete details.
The Town Election will be held Saturday, April 29. Check the town website for your
precinct and voting location.
There is only one race -- for the Planning Board seat currently occupied by Judith Sneath, who is not running for another term -- between Thomas Patch and Tracy Shriver. There will also be a ballot question related to the override. In order for the override to pass, an affirmative majority vote is necessary at both Town Meeting and at the polls. The Advisory Committee report in the warrant includes extensive information about the override, including the Fiscal 2024 budget process, estimated tax impacts, and details about the Memorandum of Understanding between the School Committee, Advisory Committee, and Select Board which is "essentially an agreement between taxpayers and town leaders that promises that, in return for an affirmative vote on the override, town leaders pledge to limit the future growth of operating budgets and not request another override" for until at least Fiscal 2028.