Chelmsford voters reject override

Chelmsford voters reject override

There are 29 comments on the Lowell Sun story from Apr 1, 2008, titled Chelmsford voters reject override. In it, Lowell Sun reports that:

By a 3-to-2 ratio, voters yesterday rejected the proposed $2.8 million Proposition 21/2 tax override.

Join the discussion below, or Read more at Lowell Sun.

First Prev
of 2
Next Last
Good Turn Out

United States

#1 Apr 2, 2008
This is what america needs is a lot of people voting
Win or lose every should have there say
lowering the bar

Princeton, MA

#2 Apr 2, 2008
The people's voice mattered this time.
Chelmsford Parent

Quincy, MA

#3 Apr 2, 2008
Thanks for such a great voter turnout. Time for some real change.
Content

Tewksbury, MA

#4 Apr 2, 2008
And with some of the changes in the Town meeting rep roster , I think it has made a few realize that its the content of your words that matter , not the delivery .:)
Change

Northborough, MA

#5 Apr 2, 2008
Sorry town officials, but the well has dried up. Time to work within the town's budget and stop reaching in the people's pockets.
Doubting Thomas

Wellesley Hills, MA

#6 Apr 2, 2008
When it comes to Chelmsford, Ill believe it when I see it! They say that they will "close this", "lay off that", thats a load of b/s. I even heard another school official that was totally Irate from Brookline MA that mentioned "Chelmsford" during a tirade on sports radio this morning. The officials that are running our schools and the teachers union in general are wielding an incredible amount of political clout across the country, they have become a political party, almost like the Bolsheviks, and are aligned with many special interest groups. How it got to this point is our own faults, we need to blame ourselves for not being vigilant for many years. I overheard people in Chelmsford saying that they have not voted in years until the 165k per year grand poobah of the schools demanded more cash, STAY VIGILANT, and expect to get out and vote again soon because these people just dont know what NO! means. The people of the cities and towns across MA have made a statement yesterday that it is not ok to assume that our wallets are open to the overpaid school officials. They want raises every year regardless of the times, paid for health care etc., while most people are getting little increase in pay "if any" and bearing a huge burden for their healthcare. Food is sky high, gas going to over $4 a gallon, its not time for raises, its time to hunker down and just survive!
Happy

Quincy, MA

#7 Apr 2, 2008
Doubting Thomas, You're absolutely right. They're not done yet. We must stand firm and continue to say "NO". I'll be shocked if they actually follow through and lay even one person off or shut down one building!
Scott

Dracut, MA

#8 Apr 2, 2008
Doubting Thomas... Dont make it sound like people are bashing Chelmsford on the radio... Get your story straight... it wasnt a school official from Brookline... its was the public library director and he wasnt going on a tirade about Chelmsford... he was simply asking Gerry Callahan a question about Chelmsford because Gerry is from Chelmsford.
Second That

Andover, MA

#9 Apr 2, 2008
You are right Happy... they said that they are laying off 4 firefighters, 2 police and 14 teachers - Now lets see if all this happens. I bet there will be some layoffs, but they will find money. A few years ago Tyngsboro wanted a 1.6M override, the then Chief said I would have to lay off 6 officers. What happenned? 2 got laid off and then one got hired back.

The BOS need more power to stand up to the departments and the SC needs to do the same.
Taxedtomax

Plymouth, MA

#10 Apr 2, 2008
Doubting Thomas wrote:
When it comes to Chelmsford, Ill believe it when I see it! They say that they will "close this", "lay off that", thats a load of b/s. I even heard another school official that was totally Irate from Brookline MA that mentioned "Chelmsford" during a tirade on sports radio this morning. The officials that are running our schools and the teachers union in general are wielding an incredible amount of political clout across the country, they have become a political party, almost like the Bolsheviks, and are aligned with many special interest groups. How it got to this point is our own faults, we need to blame ourselves for not being vigilant for many years. I overheard people in Chelmsford saying that they have not voted in years until the 165k per year grand poobah of the schools demanded more cash, STAY VIGILANT, and expect to get out and vote again soon because these people just dont know what NO! means. The people of the cities and towns across MA have made a statement yesterday that it is not ok to assume that our wallets are open to the overpaid school officials. They want raises every year regardless of the times, paid for health care etc., while most people are getting little increase in pay "if any" and bearing a huge burden for their healthcare. Food is sky high, gas going to over $4 a gallon, its not time for raises, its time to hunker down and just survive!
Could not agree more, the union is stronger than any political party, we need to chip away at their power. They run the local, state and federal governments with their clout. American taxpayers it is time to fight back, our elected offials will not do it for us.
Taxedtomax

Plymouth, MA

#11 Apr 2, 2008
Tyngsboro take notice. We will be voting NO also.
Lets see

Andover, MA

#12 Apr 2, 2008
...how many articles about the failed override are published. We saw so many articles about how Chelmsford needed this override - let's see if the Sun ever published the true impacts to the failure of the override. Do an article on "you said we were going to lose this much" and "how much actually gets cut". That will be an interesting article.
Sad day for Chelmsford

Chelmsford, MA

#13 Apr 2, 2008
This is a very sad day for Chelmsford. Every family in town who values education is now thinking about either moving or putting their kids in private school. Our property values are going to decline and it will be even harder to sell. The voters who voted against the override have been very short sighted and the community is going to suffer as a result. The families who stay in the school system are going to end up paying a lot more than $250.

It will be even harder than it already is to attract quality teachers. High school students are already finding it more difficult to get into the better colleges due in part to the cuts that have already been made.
Pathetic

Tewksbury, MA

#14 Apr 2, 2008
Sad day for Chelmsford wrote:
This is a very sad day for Chelmsford. Every family in town who values education is now thinking about either moving or putting their kids in private school. Our property values are going to decline and it will be even harder to sell. The voters who voted against the override have been very short sighted and the community is going to suffer as a result..
The suggestion that anyone that voted no to the override didn't value education is laughable . It's just more of the same pathetic rhetoric that carried the override down in the first place .
Lets see

Andover, MA

#15 Apr 2, 2008
Sad day for Chelmsford wrote:
The families who stay in the school system are going to end up paying a lot more than $250.
You are right on the above quote... because the town can not live within its income, some people are going to pay more for services.

People spoke, people feel that things need to change. This is certainly an effective way to send the message to the town. Keep bending the stick and it will eventually break.
Tom Highway

Lowell, MA

#16 Apr 2, 2008
Sad day for Chelmsford wrote:
This is a very sad day for Chelmsford. Every family in town who values education is now thinking about either moving or putting their kids in private school. Our property values are going to decline and it will be even harder to sell. The voters who voted against the override have been very short sighted and the community is going to suffer as a result. The families who stay in the school system are going to end up paying a lot more than $250.
It will be even harder than it already is to attract quality teachers. High school students are already finding it more difficult to get into the better colleges due in part to the cuts that have already been made.
How is this a sad day? As a homeowner and taxpayer I have to live within my means, why can't the town?
Not sad

Quincy, MA

#17 Apr 2, 2008
Add a couple of zero's to the proposed tax increase-THAT'S what I owe our uncle for taxes this year. That big stimulus check isn't going to help me. Bad time to be asking people for more, more,more. People get laid off ALL the time in the private sector. What is the big deal here? Our high paid big wigs will figure something out.
gabs56

Natick, MA

#18 Apr 2, 2008
It is a very sad day because of the prevalent liberal tax and spend mentality. Everything is solved by throwing money at it. There is more to a town than just the schools. Those squawking parents who want it all "for the sake of their children" will be the first once to go ballistic when their house is on fire and the fire fighters are late because they are understaffed.
Ungrateful

Tewksbury, MA

#19 Apr 2, 2008
Funny ...After so many years of the townspeople keeping the school system and fire all but immune to the drastic cuts and measures that most others in the private sector have already experienced over and over in the past years , We have been greeted this morning with a warm " Thanks For Nothing " How sad..........

“Uncommon Sense”

Since: Jan 08

Westford Mass

#20 Apr 2, 2008
The key to any school system is parental concern, not the amount of money spent. The most expensive public educations in the country get the worst results. I just saw or read somewhere that the Detroit Public School system graduates less than 25% of the kids who enroll as freshmen. And they spend more per student than Chelmsford or Westford or even the wealthier towns around here--a higher cost area. It is accountability, responsibility and desire. As the old saying goes--you can lead a horse to water--in that case Perrier--but you can't make them drink. They have to be thirsty. And depite the 75% failure rate, kids from the Detroit Public Schools go to Michigan or Northwestern or Stanford if their parents are involved and push them. This isn't the end for the Chelmsford Public Schools. If you take responsibility, your kids can achieve what they desire and are willing to work for.

Tell me when this thread is updated:

Subscribe Now Add to my Tracker
First Prev
of 2
Next Last

Add your comments below

Characters left: 4000

Please note by submitting this form you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator. Send us your feedback.

Lowell Discussions

Title Updated Last By Comments
Do you remember???? (Jun '08) 18 hr Gary boyle 18,461
John MacDonald Still A Shell Of Candidate 21 hr Centralville Bandit 1
News Tyngsboro flasher gets probation (Sep '08) Mon Bob 21
spear house restaurant (Jan '09) Apr 18 mai kai 14
Walter Lauinger Apr 16 lindseytray 1
Billerica crim,e 70s 80s 90s (Jul '08) Apr 14 DennReid 375
News In sign of the times, Chelmsford looks to billb... (Feb '10) Apr 9 hammerhead 24

Lowell Jobs

Personal Finance

Lowell Mortgages