Briggs school building needs help - S...

Briggs school building needs help - Sentinel & Enterprise

There are 59 comments on the Sentinel & Enterprise story from Nov 4, 2010, titled Briggs school building needs help - Sentinel & Enterprise. In it, Sentinel & Enterprise reports that:

If you trick-or-treated downtown in Ashburnham, you may have seen me. I was the fairy godmother handing out candy to kids and Briggs fliers to parents.

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citizen

Fitchburg, MA

#1 Nov 4, 2010
We are voting NO the town has not paid the safey building and town hall yet. Time togrow upthis is the towns fault for not thinking of this as a priority.
Ellen

Fitchburg, MA

#2 Nov 4, 2010
If the buiding is only 50 yrs the town didnt do its work so ill vote no.
Scott

Franklin, MA

#3 Nov 4, 2010
Ellen wrote:
If the buiding is only 50 yrs the town didnt do its work so ill vote no.
How long do you expect a building to last? This building has hundreds of kids going through it 10 months of the year and than serves as a community building at night. During the summer it has the Extended Day program with more kids in the building. It has been doing it's job for over 50 years and hasn't been signifcantly renovated since it was built. The population has increased since it was built and education has changed drastically since this building was built. We have had the opportunity before and turned it down, let's not make the same mistake this time.
Beth

Fitchburg, MA

#4 Nov 4, 2010
It will be turned down again. WE DONT HAVE THE MONEY.
citizen

Gardner, MA

#5 Nov 4, 2010
Oh my goodness, how can providing children with a safe and clean place to learn be not a priority??? This has been six years in the making, and guess what - you can vote no if you want and you'll still have to pay the money!! Did you even read Mrs. Cunningham's column??

Towns grow, that's a fact. Families have children, that's a fact. Briggs is one of the worst school buildings in the state, that's a fact!! We are always going to have to pay for schools, it is our obligation as citizens to educate our youth. I simply don't understand how anyone could not see that our children are worth it.

Those who are planning to vote no, you are fooling yourselves if you think your short-sighted self-interest is going to prevent you from having to pay money for Briggs. So you can either do something that is cost-effective and makes sense, or you can throw your money down the drain trying to renovate a building that has already been deemed not worth renovating. Think about it, our children are counting on us.
citizen

Gardner, MA

#6 Nov 4, 2010
Who doesn't have the money??? Don't be ridiculous. We'll be done paying for Overlook in 2014 and you'll be paying less in taxes even with the Briggs school. Everybody who can afford to live in this town has the money. Are you eating? Do you drive a car? Give me a break. It's the equivalent of what you probably spend at MacDonald's. HOw incredibly selfish.
Matthew

Fitchburg, MA

#7 Nov 4, 2010
I was waiting to see how long it took someone to use the "it will only cost you a cup of coffee" analogy- this time it was a McD's one...never fails. Listen, no one has any money- this project would cost much less if the state was not involved, but it is. The state says it will cover up to a certain % of the cost...will they really? If you can promise that the State will cover a certain amount and that is written down somewhere legally- I will vote for it- if not, this town's taxpayers do not have the funds to pay for a $32 million project or whatever the amount will be!!!
Kelly

Fitchburg, MA

#8 Nov 4, 2010
No one can afford their houses now - 100 foreclosures in Ashburnham....no one is moving to town..
citizen

Gardner, MA

#9 Nov 4, 2010
Yes!! Thank you so much - we can promise what you want!!! Yeah!!! Sorry about the McD's analogy. But the project is guaranteed with state money - we can give you the proof!!!!
Stephen

Fitchburg, MA

#10 Nov 4, 2010
I want to know how much it is going to cost me before I can vote on it!
Matthew

Fitchburg, MA

#11 Nov 4, 2010
[ who="citizen"]Yes!! Thank you so much - we can promise what you want!!! Yeah!!! Sorry about the McD's analogy. But the project is guaranteed with state money - we can give you the proof!!!
Great- where's the proof that the state will pay? last time I checked the state is in a huge billion $$$$ deficiet, but show me the money!!!!
side note- I think Halloween should be for candy- not personal adgendas or politics....
just a thought

Fitchburg, MA

#12 Nov 4, 2010
Is this the same town who does not even have a full time police dept, or fire dept?
Is this the town who has highest taxes in the area? Is this the town who has 6 yrs in a row of tax increase?
Is this the town with lousy roads, no paid for trash pickup, lousy water and highest sewer service in the county.
Is this the town who may be misusing money.
VOTE NO FOR BRIGGS!
stan

Fitchburg, MA

#13 Nov 4, 2010
Mabe Cushing will pay for it we paid for a public safety building next to them.
Also they pay little or no taxes on countless buildings for teachers staff etc, mabe its time to pony up!
Matthew

Fitchburg, MA

#14 Nov 4, 2010
Hey Stan- I think you are on to something- Cushing should pay something to the school- after all their teachers who live at Cushing send their kids to the public schools, but Cushing is tax free so they are not paying for anything- but they all get to vote for the 2 and 1/2 override- why not- does not effect them...I say we start making them pay- they have not contributed to this town in YEARS!!!!!
taxpayer

Fitchburg, MA

#15 Nov 4, 2010
People should be responsible for thier own children, therefore senior should not have to pay that portion of tax.
many people lost thier house in ashburnham and the values have gone down the tubes. Schools are a waste ib ashburnham the town is a waste it location, location, location, which ashburnham does not and never has had.
hmmm

North Reading, MA

#16 Nov 4, 2010
taxpayer wrote:
People should be responsible for thier own children, therefore senior should not have to pay that portion of tax..
So by your logic, since I have yet to call an ambulance, or fire truck, or the police, I can take ask for a refund of any of my property taxes that have gone to pay for those services? And since I am not a senior, I certainly should not be asked to help pay for the senior center in my town! Oh and I have only used the services of the kind people of the town hall once or twice, so only .00002% of my taxes should go to pay for their salaries....I guess I'll only have to help pay for the schools, the sewer system, and the Library. WOW you've helped me cut my tax bill considerably! Thanks!!
Amy

Fitchburg, MA

#17 Nov 5, 2010
The town has spent to much on schools already.
I and my family will vote NO since Ashburnham ios shrinking.
Scott

Westminster, MA

#18 Nov 5, 2010
Amy wrote:
The town has spent to much on schools already.
I and my family will vote NO since Ashburnham ios shrinking.
Amy, can you please clarify this statement, I would love to know how much is too much to spend on the schools?

Hmmm, my thoughts exactly, great post!
Amy

Fitchburg, MA

#19 Nov 5, 2010
Over 50% of taxes we are spending 60% right now. So wer need a 25% reduction for a fair tax.
Mabe cushing could donate to pay for the school the teachers thier kids go to ashburnham public schools but they dont pay taxes on school supplied housing.
Bet they vote on 2and 1/2 etc.
Scott

Westminster, MA

#20 Nov 5, 2010
Amy wrote:
Over 50% of taxes we are spending 60% right now. So wer need a 25% reduction for a fair tax.
Mabe cushing could donate to pay for the school the teachers thier kids go to ashburnham public schools but they dont pay taxes on school supplied housing.
Bet they vote on 2and 1/2 etc.
Well see, that is where you are wrong, the Schools are approximately 47% of Ashburnham's budget and 49% of Westminster's. This was talked about last year. We don't pay as much as people think in Town to the Schools, on top of that, we voted down an Override last year and if you really look, our Town Government has grown a lot more than the schools have.

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