Chelmsford voters reject override

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

Since: Jan 08

Westford Mass

#21 Apr 2, 2008
As another aside, a few years ago during the debates on vouchers, the anti voucher side brought up the fact that private school students in New York City did no better on standardized tests than public school students. Guess what they left out. Private schools got those results at 1/2 the costs of public schools.

It seems to me that competition in the education industry would make the schools keep costs in line and be more careful when negotiating union contracts. That is why teacher's unions are so opposed to vouchers and why they make democratic politicians heel like a puppy dog(think Ted Kennedy) when the subject comes up. Where is Ted's concern for the children. Have you ever heard a cogent argument against competition?
Westford

Haverhill, MA

#22 Apr 2, 2008
Congratulations Chelmsford for your heroic stand against insanity and ineptness in the schools and government.
Thinking out loud

Nokomis, FL

#23 Apr 2, 2008
Civilian dispatchers for police and fire, puts the officers on the street where they should be. Regionalize school supplies with other towns, buy bulk. Joint Town/School IT techs, reduces number necessary. Have retired folks work as substitute teachers and teach from their knowledge in Private Sector Jobs how to balance a check book, what a mortgage is, how a credit card works, balance a check book etc. so our kids face the real world with some knowedge of real life. Take the blinders off and delute the power base that hinders progress.
JT for Chelmsford

Tewksbury, MA

#24 Apr 2, 2008
I challenge all the NO voters now to donate their time to help their town and school system and help develop a way to decrease cost. Volunteer at the school to help teachers when their class size increases to 35 children, offer to volunteer. Do something to help !
Curious

Chelmsford, MA

#25 Apr 2, 2008
JT for Chelmsford wrote:
I challenge all the NO voters now to donate their time to help their town and school system and help develop a way to decrease cost. Volunteer at the school to help teachers when their class size increases to 35 children, offer to volunteer. Do something to help !
Why wouldnt you challenge all Voters to do that ? I Voted " NO " ( for good reason ) and frankly I volunteer as much or more of my time than most YES voters .
James

Tewksbury, MA

#26 Apr 2, 2008
Why does everyone think this has to be someones fault? This is bigger than a chelmsford problem. The whole national economy is in the stinker. A few of the responses have been very good. If the leaders can find ways to keep costs down and make things run efficiently all should be alright. there are no other alternatives. We are going to be here next year whether we like it or not.
My challenge

Andover, MA

#27 Apr 2, 2008
I challenge all YES voters to voluntarily add $200-$300 to your annual tax payment. Just because the oerride failed, you can still pay extra.
Yeah for No

Jamaica Plain, MA

#28 Apr 2, 2008
The audacity of some people suggesting that since I voted "NO" I don't care about educating our kids. Burdening people with another tax hike is not the answer. I know people in town who simply can't afford the increase. It's that simple. As many people writing in this blog noted already, the schools can be run on a smaller budget without impacting education. Chelmsford ranked 12 in the state on school administration and compensation - that's pretty high (BG)! I think it's time to stop blaming the taxpayers who can't afford the hike and start putting the blame where it belongs - with the school officials and the people who control the budget. I hope to gosh they don't lay anyone off, but I'm facing that possibility myself!
Fritz

Northampton, MA

#29 Mar 19, 2009
hmmm

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