Roads override? Bring it!

The results of the first-ever bloggingbelmont readers’ poll are in, and they show strong (if statistically suspect) support for the upcoming roads override vote on June 9, as well as for the likely debt exclusion vote for Wellington Elementary.

  • Forty four readers responded to our survey over the past three days. Of those, 25 (56%) responded “yes” when asked whether they plan to vote in favor of the Prop 2 1/2 override vote to fund road reconstruction. Twenty five percent said they planned to oppose the override, and another 18% were undecided.

The news from our reader poll was even rosier for those who support a debt exclusion to pay for the construction of a new Wellington Elementary school.

  • More than 72 percent of those surveyed (32 of 44) said they’d vote for that, as opposed to 20% who said they’d oppose it. 6.8% are undecided. In fact, when asked whether they’d vote to fund the construction of a new Wellington Elementary even without state funding, 45% of respondents said they’d be for that too — compared with 41% who wouldn’t. 13.6% are undecided on that.

Things also look good for a FY 2010 operational budget override, at least as far as the B2 readership is concerned.

  • Fifty percent of respondents said they’d vote “yes” on that, comapred with 34% opposed and 15.9% still undecided. (Presumably, the size and details of this override will be important factors.)

Other survey results (note: some respondents reported problems with this question on the survey. I’ve provided the total number of responses for each question):

I feel Belmont does a good job:

funding its schools (35 ttl): strgly disagree 34.3% | disagree 22.9% | agree 25.7% | strgly agree 17.1%

funding town services (30 ttl): strgly disagree 34.3% | disagree 22.9% | agree 25.7% | strgly agree 17.1%

managing its finances (33 ttl): strgly disagree 18.2% | disagree 45.5% | agree 24.2% | strgly agree 12.1%

As for the respondents: 36% described themselves as residents of Belmont for 20+ years. Around 6.8% said they’d lived in town for between 15 and 20 years. 16% identified themselves as residents for between 10 and 15 years, 11.4% for 5-10 years, 13% for 3-5 years and 11.4% for 0-2 years.