This past Tuesday, Stoneham joined the growing ranks of towns that have been unable to pass a much needed override. Ours was for $3M and came attached to a detailed five year financial plan that would have attempted to place strict controls on future spending growth. It didn’t matter. We came much closer than we did 3 years ago, only losing by 200 votes rather than 3000, but coming close won’t stop the devastating series of cuts that we now face. Our public safety departments are dangerously understaffed, our library faces loss of its certification, the school system is facing major layoffs, increased class sizes, elimination of art and music education, elimination of the school athletic program, the list just goes on.
UPDATE: Gee, we made the front page of the Globe again! How exciting
Another poster asked if passage of the Municipal Partnership Act would lead to actual reductions in property taxes. Since I’m on the Stoneham Finance Committee, let me tell you how passage of the entire bill would effect us:
So while I continue to lobby in favor of the MPA, it won’t provide any serious property tax relief to the residents of Stoneham. Maybe it will save a couple teachers or firefighters and that would be a good thing. Real property tax relief is going to have to wait on much more aggressive action on Beacon Hill.