As I recall, the schools received a grant or state funding of some sort, and then returned local dollars to the town's budget at the fall town meeting. I don't recall the particulars off of the top of my head.
That said, the schools need a cut. In the worst possible way.
I hear people crying about the idea of a teacher having 30 students in class. My first college class had 100 students in it. Really? View Comment
There is no more money.
No more money from the state or Feds, not in any quantity that will be meaningful. No more money left in people's wallets.
The economy didn't grow in the last quarter of last year. Unemployment checks are shrinking. Fuel prices are going right back up.
And folks like Jim Gonyea come on here and say "let's open up higher taxes".
It must be great to either A) not have property to pay taxes on B) still have a great job with more than enough money to go around. Higher taxes mean only BAD things. People who are already barely making ends meet will be pushed further to the brink, or right over the edge, and into a state of insolvancy.
No one is saying that this solution, this regionalization, is perfect. Other towns aren't looking at this because they have a commercial tax base that is keeping their governments solvent. This town made it's decisions over the last three+ decades to act as an anti-business location. It's time to pay the piper and take our medicine.
And remember this next time we have the opportunity to support commercial/industrial growth in town. View Comment
An adult conversation would consist of taking a serious look at what cuts the government needs to make, and what regionalization efforts can be made to save money in the long run.
Higher property taxes are only going to result in more people being forced into foreclosure, people defaulting on their tax bills, and our neighbors and families being forced out of their homes. There is NO MORE MONEY left. We've been bled dry.
One cannot get blood from a stone. View Comment
Scott, it *was* Constitutional! We've passed laws that tell the governor when, if, and under what circumstances he/she can declare a state of emergency, and what they are allowed to do during state's of emergency. Laws, legally written and passed, allow for this. View Comment
I am certainly not a supporter of Deval, however, I give him props that this decision was incredibly wise. In fact when you look at how rapidly the blizzard is being cleared out, and how rapidly the utilities are getting to work. It's awesome. A well managed incident.
Those who voted "No" astound me. I've been monitoring facebook. If one more silly and hilarious jack wagon screams about how the ban was unconstitutional (it wasn't), a use of martial law (again, it wasn't), or how they would go out with their big redneck truck if they wanted (and they would have ended up in an incident too), I might scream. Deval had it right. Knuckleheads. View Comment
So if there is an issue with spot rezoning, the solution is quite simple, rezone the entire area. is that building occuppied? If the owner wants to sell and demolition, let it be so! Its time for this town to get the heck out of the wayof progress. As for the small town feel, what small town feel? the dirty looking mind green pizza building? Or the boarded up gas station?
Shucks, so many small towns have these stores. People in town need to admit that going small is why we are in so much fiscal trouble. View Comment
If not there, where? As for the house to be destroyed, isn't the the house in question abandoned with gross growing three feet tall around it? Or am I thinking of a different building?
And as for traffic. People were stressed out about Wal-Mart, yet, I have yet to see an influx of traffic in town that wouldn't occur if people were just cutting through 9 and 56 to head into neighboring districts that welcomed development with open arms.
It's a house. And if it's unoccupied, it's a house that isn't living up to it's intended purpose and ought to go. Assuming it's the house I think we're talking about here.
Especially when the phone system only went out to school families. They used the schools snow day notification system. Not the public reverse 911 system.
Time for people to turn out against the school board and burn them good on the meeting floor. View Comment
I strongly disagree with the notion that we need to co.tinge with the public library. I don't care much that they received millions of dollars to put towards renovations.
First off the concept of the public library come from a time when the average Joe did not have access to a knowledge bank for his or her purpose. We are now in an era where we don't even require a computer, just someone with a smart phone. The idea that we are going to go and spend money to rehab the facility and then have to MAINTAIN it for years going forward makes this a no brained. Shut the darned place down. We don't need it anymore. View Comment
So what you mean to say is we're going to spend millions on a building almost no one uses, for capabilities your average person has on their pc or smart phone, all at the cost of the taxpayer. Close the darned place down and make the few (very few) users of the library get a computer or iphone. I don't like seeing my taxes go to pork like this. View Comment