Falmouth Voting, May 19, 2020

Arlene DaSilva cleans a voting booth at Falmouth Town Hall after it was used during Tuesday's election.

Falmouth voters approved a $971,507 Proposition 2½ override to fund the hiring of eight additional firefighters by a vote of 3,705 to 2,227 on Tuesday, May 19.

“With COVID, there is a lot of economic uncertainty, and the fact that people were willing to take that risk for us speaks volume,” Fire Chief Michael F. Small said. “We’re very excited and very happy, and very appreciative of all the people who came out, whether they voted by mail or in person.”

Though it passed at the ballot box, the override requires an appropriation by Town Meeting. The override is Article 14 on the upcoming Falmouth Town Meeting warrant.

“We hope that Town Meeting represents the will of their constituents, which is what they’re supposed to do,” Chief Small said. “Hopefully, this breezes through Town Meeting.”

Originally scheduled for April 13, Falmouth Town Meeting will be held the third Monday after the expiration of the gubernatorial-declared state of emergency.

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