MPS (City Taxes) have subsidized the ECC since it opened. We cannot afford to run it anymore. Families who could afford the fees were lucky. MANY people could not afford the costs. The ECC discriminated against low income residents and paid a portion of the costs for other families which have more money. Time's Up! Close the ECC and use the Franklin for an elementary school. Income Inequality exists in Melrose and the ECC was unfair to many residents whose children were unable to attend because their finances did not allow it.
Agreed, a “no-brainer”.
It actually makes the city money. It is also too small to be used as an elementary school. You are not a bright one. Either this was a joke post or you really need to do even a small amount of research or critical thinking before taking your time to spout online.
The little it nets doesn't come within a country mile of what the cost is to have modulars at the Winthrop.
Tip: If you're going to try to spin something, at least make an effort to make it believable.
Melrose's ECC is not affordable for many families. "One Community Open to All" is open to those who can afford it. AND it IS subsidized by MPS. If the Business Manager would show her face and share detailed budgets, then the true cost of the EEC would be known. The same families who cannot afford the ECC also cannot afford more taxes.......and will not vote for an override.
What school? Take your pick - Franklin, Beebe, or Ripley. Or would you rather have them stuffed them into the modulars at the Winthrop?
Frankly, I am sick and tired of you self-entitled override spinmasters. Most people finally see your ilk for what you are, and are fed up with you and your lies. You got sold a bill of goods by some sleazeball realtor, and now you want the rest of us to pay for your mistake. Forget it. Go cry on Jen McBull$hit's shoulder.
"You are bought and sold for the repugs."
You couldn't be more wrong.
That ECC is costing the city hugely, instead of being a moneymaker as it was intended. That could end when the school year ends, and a reconfiguration could occur to address the space problems. Would it be chaotic? Sure. Could it be deferred until next year? Yes. There are many creative solutions available to the district. The ignorant and the corrupt administrators don't want to portray anything other than a dire crisis, with a dramatic show of hand-wringing that they can get the gullible young parents to echo.
By the way, the Beebe only generates $200,000 in income, and there are many costs the city has to cover for the sake of the SEEM school (all of which are kept hidden/obscured). The Beebe has never gone offline as a school and could/should also be tapped (and should have been the first choice before jumping on that foolish modular project). The alleged reason is that it would require millions in upgrades, including Smart(Dumb)Boards, all just a red herring because the plan to bilk the taxpayers for the modulars was already in the works. Saying that SEEM is "us" and as a result we somehow owe them is bogus. There are many alternatives for SEEM, that operates with an independent administration and board. Just another red herring.
You need to sell your house and get out of Melrose. The city is all tapped out.
If you're not an anti-tax troll, you're doing a great job of impersonating one, because that's one heckuva promo for an override. I can see the signage now:
"Stop being an old cheap cuss, and pay your share, A$$hole. "
"Sell your house . . . because you suck."
Yep, getting that warm, welcoming, open-to-all community vibe from that promo.
Btw, another thing that is going to slow down overrides in MA starting this year is Ryancare aka the idiotic Ayn Rand Memorial tax bill, which means that federal subsidization of local taxes through deductions is dramatically reduced/eliminated while cash floods the accounts of the super-investor class to help inflate more asset bubble-and-bust cycles (speaking of which, we're due for a serious real estate correction here - just a matter of time).
I am not a Repug, not a Trumpkin, not an opponent of paying for common goods*. Melrose has a serious problem with its government culture and a particular problem with its miasma of school administration (both of longstanding), and it's not going to be highest on the list of many Melrosians for additional local taxes until those problems are addressed beforehand (if you *really* want to "think about choosing the community" that indeed should be the top priority because those problems are cancers on good governance that should not be fed any more), and other priorities defined and structured properly. "But it's for the children, you A$$hole!" isn't going to cut it. If anything, that talk may widen the margin against an override or debt exclusion. If we have a vote on this, and it fails, you can look at yourself in the mirror when you whine "Why?".
* Just among my proximate neighbors, I can count at least several progressive-voting households (who moved here from Cambridge, Somerville, Dorchester, Chicago, et cet.) who share a similar view to what I am outlining here. This is not a Red/Blue issue in Melrose. It's more of a "I've seen how Melrose City Hall works and it ain't pretty" perspective.
Perhaps the poster called her "Jen McBull$hit" because that's essentially what we heard while she was promoting the last override attempt. Does Jen McLiar satisfy your delicate sensibilities? It's equally accurate.
There are a lot of no voters who would have voted yes if the administration and the supporters had made an honest case. Instead, they cried wolf and conducted the usual dog and pony show - again - and again miraculously "found" a stash "somewhere". Their credibility is shot. It's more a case of not believing the administration than it is a case of not wanting to spend more money, although that's certainly a part of it.
Notice all the money that suddenly appeared. Money from revolving accounts. Money from DPW. Money from Medicaid. There was none. Suddenly there was plenty. Millions of free cash magically shows up every year.
Read the Melrose Community Facebook page regarding K placement letters received yesterday. Parents are up in arms. The ECC needs to be closed and the Franklin used as another elementary school. Taymore is old and incompetent. Her contract should never have been renewed and she does NOT earn her salary. The SC has been negligent and mismanaged money. Illegitimate Gail called for an Override last night. No, Gail! You were not elected Mayor and do not have the Moral Authority to push this issue. Any Override question should be part of the Mayoral election in 2019 not sooner.
Would we still be split from the union like we have been for many years? DR would then be principal?
It isn't market value that determines revenue. It's assessed value. The market value in Melrose is just another bubble, and it's not real value. It's a phony number, unless you're a realtor peddling an over priced house to some unsuspecting buyer. I hope all these kindergarten age families do leave town, and aren't replaced by another flood of people who don't realize they're being sold a bill of goods. Then values will most likely decline - right back to where they should be now.
You're still missing the point. Voters are now more and more realizing that they've been consistently lied to by the administration and it's supporters for more than 10 years, and are sick of it. Therefore, they are less and less inclined to believe anything the administration says, especially more dire warnings. They weren't true in the past, and they're not true now. It's all another lie.
The realtors,mayor and more who participated in all the fake ways to Make Melrose Great Again! Soon it will come back and smack you in the face.My house is up for sale now. The principals are not up for the job.
Unless your house is a sh*thole it will be gone by the weekend. If it is a sh*thole it will be gone next weekend. I love the losers that hate the Melrose elected officials so badly that they would actually be happy if the real estate market crashed...even if it cost them money. Melrose real estate values will only go up for several reasons...most having nothing to do with the school system. Easy commute, great downtown, subway and commuter rail, great outdoor spaces and activities, and a portfolio of great houses that are all $400,000 less than Winchester, Lexington and Newton. There have been and will continue to be families who leave for wealthier communities with better schools. That's been the case for 40 years, but it happens a lot less than you think...and it won't happen as much as the angry people on this website hope it will down the road. Contrary to the belief on this website a very large percentage of school age parents are happy with their kids education in Melrose.
The city is in debt. The schools are at it's lowest and not getting better. Parking in Melrose is so bad we have no where to go. Then our elected mayor leaves the city to make 40 thousand more dollars. We the residents voted for Mayor Dolan till the end of his term.
Jealousy is not a pretty color, people. #Be Best
Now the Doughboy sits in his office over in Lynnfield laughing his ass of, cashing in on the phony rep he developed with this kind of political crap. And what's the response from this administration? To champion another override attempt. It's true you get the government you deserve, and this is exactly what Melrose deserves for letting this gang of charlatans run the show.