Tag: Proposition 2 1/2

The Wellington victory: turning a page

If nothing else, the Wellington reminds us all that investing in our public schools — investing in the future of Belmont — is something that’s just…good. It enriches us all far beyond the meager costs we pay (around $1 a day, on average, for the new Wellington school).

Update: Vote today for Wellington!

After years of debate within town about the plight of the Wellington Elementary School, it all comes down to a town-wide vote today. Polls opened at 7:00 AM and will stay open until 8:00pm. It’s time to get out and vote for Belmont’s future. Go to the polls and vote YES for Wellington!

Wellington wins unanimous approval of Town Meeting

This year’s marathon, multi-session Town Meeting might be best remembered for what wasn’t heard last night: a single dissenting voice among the more than 200 assembled Town Meeting members to a motion to allocate more than $39 million for reconstruction of the Wellington Elementary School. The unanimous vote in favor was sweet victory for all those who have battled to have the aging school rebuilt!

Marathon Town Meeting ends with dramatic vote on free cash, library aides

An amendment by TM member Anne Mahon targeted at using free cash to preventing cuts at Belmont High School and preserving elementary library aides looked like a long shot, but won overwhelming support at Town Meeting last night. Where were you when you heard the Cat Leash speech?

One week to the Wellington Vote

With the Wellington debt exclusion vote one week away, there’s been a flurry of activity – editorial and otherwise – around town.

State: now is the time for Wellington

MSBA Executive Director Kathy Craven told Belmont voters that now was the time to act on funding a new Wellington Elementary School, and that $12.4m in State funding will be off the table, and given to other towns if the town fails to pass a debt exclusion in June.

State’s fiscal freefall could jeopardize local aid

A precipitous drop in State revenues could jeopardize local aid payments and eviscerate funding for social services and education. Suddenly “Read my lips: No new taxes!” doesn’t sound so cool.

A poll and a survey…

A poll from the BCH and a survey from the town give you two opportunities to have your voice heard. Check them out!

Eats roads for breakfast…

After months of back and forth and, sadly, a failed Prop 2 1/2 Override vote to fund comprehensive road reconstruction in town, repaving, such as it is, kicked off this week across town. I’m not usually one who stops to…

Holland looks back on 20 years (part II)

I think the tenor of the debate has degraded. I think instead of being at issue level with some people, it gets to the personal level. It becomes attacking and they denigrate other people. My sense is that that’s never helpful. When someone speaks to you in a personal way, you never forget that. It makes it harder for you to move on and work together.