Belmont: Making Tough Choices

Hey all! Paul here from Just passing along an invitation to a really important event that’s coming up this Sunday: MAKING TOUGH CHOICES: A community conversation about Belmont’s future. Read below to learn more and feel free to contact the event organizers for more information.


Like all of us who live or work in Belmont, I’m sure you’ve noticed that our Town is facing difficult times: a budget shortfall, a fragmentation of our civil discourse and a waning of trust in local government.  This isn’t the first time this has happened, of course, but in many ways the challenges are new. So, just as New England towns have done for centuries, Belmont is convening a meeting in October to begin to sort out, together, how we can best address those challenges. And we invite you to attend.

MAKING TOUGH CHOICES: A community conversation about Belmont’s future

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2010. 1:00PM – 4:00PM



While many of our challenges are elements of larger trends, Belmont has a long history of coming together to take responsibility for its own solutions. If there are local solutions to be found, we need to find them, and we want to find them together. Our Selectmen, School Committee and town government are eager to consider responsible recommendations from the public in their efforts to make the tough choices ahead.


Its goals are simple: engage in a constructive, non-partisan, solution-oriented conversation about the challenges facing our town, and inform our town leaders about what is most important to us. The meeting will be open to the public, and all of Belmont’s stakeholders – and points-of-view – are welcome to attend.

More details on the meeting format are on our website at


In a small town like ours, everyone and everything is interconnected. You and your organization play a crucial role in this dialogue, and your absence would leave a void in the conversation.

I truly hope you or someone from your organization will be able to attend – all are invited. Please RSVP by responding to this message or by filling out the signup form at Please pass the word on to your members and staff, and feel free to help us get the word out through Facebook and Twitter.

We know that true solutions will take time and that consensus will be hard-won. But we believe that by taking this step we can embark on a new phase of constructive civic dialogue in Belmont.

Kind regards,

Belmont Board of Selectmen

Belmont Vision 21 Implementation Committee