On Tuesday, November 4th,
Please Vote YES on Question 5
to support much needed capital projects
for the Northbridge schools.
Please spread the word to your friends, family and neighbors.
At Tuesday night’s Town Meeting, the voters in attendance unanimously supported a $311K one-year tax increase to fund several capital projects for the School Department. While this is good news, before the vote there were many questions and debate about the need, and we want to make sure all parents and voters concerned about our schools get out and vote to support this request.
In order for this money to be made available to the schools, this also must pass by a majority of votes at next week’s Election. The polls will be open from 7am to 8pm on Tuesday, November 4th at the Northbridge High School Field House.
This item will be Question 5 on the ballot (just after the four statewide ballot questions). There is also a Question 6, which is also a 1-year tax increase to provide $300k to continue road improvements throughout town.
As mentioned by the Town Manager at Town Meeting, these two items combined will raise the tax bill for the average home (valued at $265k) by $113 for one year only. This is not an Override which remains part of the tax base forever. It is assessed one time and one time only. Its important to also know that this increase will be offset by the expiration of past one-time tax increases which totaled $116.
We all know that the schools have limited resources to fund its day to day educational operations and, as a result, we are often in reactionary mode when something of significance breaks or just no longer functions. It was suggested at Town Meeting that these costs should have been built into our budget. I’m not sure how that would have looked had we needed to cut another $300K on top of the $1.1M we had cut after the failed override.
The school projects that this will fund include:
1. Pick-up truck replacement
2. Balmer kitchen repairs
3. Middle School auditorium air conditioner
4. Middle School locker room HVAC unit
5. Additional security cameras for all schools
6. Additional key fob box for Balmer School
7. Technology switch replacements for all schools
Further details on these items and their specific costs can be located here.
There are many important decisions to be made on Election Day and I want to make sure that everyone is aware of this school-related request. I ask you to please spread the word to your friends, family and neighbors. Please get out to vote, and please VOTE YES on QUESTION 5.
Thank you in advance for supporting our town and our schools.