The compromise was proposed by the Regional School Committee as a way to resolve the dispute between the two towns over how to split mortgage payments for Algonquin over the next 17 years. Southborough wants to use the regional agreement that was previously approved by both towns, but Northborough wants to use a state law (Chapter 70B) that allows consideration of socio-economic factors.
So what impact does Northborough’s vote have on a potential resolution? Absolutely none. Since both towns needed to approve the compromise, and they didn’t, there is no compromise. It’s back to the drawing board for the Regional School Committee.
Both towns are bracing for the possibility of litigation. In fact, a member of Northborough’s Financial Planning Committee suggested that the town’s vote last night would demonstrate a “warm spirit of compromise” that could help them in any future court cases.
Have fun with that one in the comments, kids.