Category: politics

(Updated) No on Question 1? You betcha!

Question 1 is a gimmick — it’s a ham fisted and poorly thought out effort to “make a point” to those hated bureaucrats on Beacon Hill, consequences be damned. As MTF notes, the state could fire all 68,000 people in its employ and still save only $5b, leaving $7b left to cut. While Belmont might pay more out in taxes than we get back, we’re not an island. Major corporations don’t look for cute little towns to invest in — they’re looking for states that are encouraging innovation, producing educated workers and building an infrastructure to support and encourage commerce. Question 1 would make those kinds of investments impossible.

PJ’s Paradox: planning for the future in a troubled economy

Reading the comments that B2’s loyal readers leave is usually more interesting than reading my blog posts. While I’m usually content to leave them as comments, occasionally readers suggest ideas that are so interesting they deserve their own post (and…

Changes afoot on Board of Selectmen?

Rumors are swirling about town that there could soon be a vacancy on the Board of Selectmen, with current Chairman Angelo Firenze declining to stand for another term. But Firenze tells BloggingBelmont that he hasn’t made up his mind yet and is still weighing his options.

No November vote on Wellington??

A town-wide vote on a debt exclusion for the construction of a new Wellington Elementary school is unlikely to coincide with this November’s general election, according to a story posted on The Belmont Citizen Herald’s Web page. BCH editors and…

Warning shot: roads override defeated. (But it was close!)

Voters in Belmont, Massachusetts sent a warning shot on Monday, voting down an effort to pass a Prop 2 1/2 override to fund road maintenance and reconstruction in the town. According to data posted on the Belmont Town Web site today by Town Clerk Delores Keefe, the vote was a close one with 2602 voters saying “No” and 2269 saying “Yes” – a difference of just 333 votes.

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…

Survey: Your feelings on the roads override (and those other overrides, too)

First of all: check out the new Bloggingbelmont.com header graphic. I got tired of the standard Google maps graphic, so I used my handy Powershot to take this panorama pic from the Belmont Center train platform a week or so…

Belmont property values down 6%?

I’m a big fan of the new breed of Web based real estate tracking sites like Zillow.com, Redfin.com and the like. They’re incredibly powerful tools for studying home values, researching towns and so on. The amount of information they consolidate…

(Updated) Town Meeting II, Electric Boogaloo!

We’re back in session here to finish up seven items left over from Monday evening’s Town Meeting. When we left off, 1) my laptop battery had run out and 2) there was an amendment proposed to item #10, an omnibus…

New campaign to support tech tools for teaching

Hey all. I just got an e-mail message from Lynne Polcari over at the Foundation for Belmont Education. Lynne’s a B2 reader and wanted to make others who read this blog aware of an upcoming event on May 6th (Tuesday)…