There is power in numbers.
A group of citizens agreeing to run as a slate for both boards, giving each other the strength and wisdom base (since there is a steep learning curve), would begin to fix things. Melrose does not need more of the current batch of clones. It needs common sense advocates. Certainly there have to be plenty of caring and thoughtful individuals from which to choose in such a community. It's past time for them to step up. It's not enough to complain from the shadows, being afraid "to rock the boat," or any of the other lame excuses too many spout here.
Similarly, citizens need to come together to say no to this freight train called the Override about to steamroll over Melrose in order to line the greedy pockets of administration and do nothing to improve anything. It can be derailed, as similar efforts by some of the same players have been in past years. But citizens have to step up and not stay asleep at the wheel. This campaign has money and might, all of which will be meaningless if citizens demand truth and accountability instead. Send this Override Overboard!
The Yes Campaign has begun and is extremely aggressive. already asking for money during the holidays..That i find silly since well if the schools need it so bad why don't they donate. But people need to know why NOT. There is plenty of information to give them. The word needs to be spread. The community needs to hear facts, truth and reason not just emotion.
To the Yes people stop the bullying tactics its absurd. can the Mayor wear a pin like she did at the meeting, thought she was not allowed to campaign for the Override? I thought only mail went in mailboxes. You should not be putting mail in mailboxes, you should be dropping them on porches. But you only like the rules that benefit you and your agenda. Calling a woman a "b**ch for saying NO to the override is pathetic. Kicking signs again? Will that be happening. This proves again you literally have nothing. If you have all this money to spend on a campaign and to "save" the schools from "doomsday". can you help out the police with some new roofing too and maybe help me with a few of my kids doctors bills which will be hard to pay when the override passes but then again this si feeling like rich vs poor. Melrose no longer a blue collar comunity? I think you want an "elitist" group in town. Once again if your going to knock on a door have respect and lastly if your going to curse and swear find some other town to campaign in.
If people are to blind to see this then we are doomed.
VOTE NO! Follow facts and truth and ignore the ignorance and scared tactics.
Folks! As someone who has kept up with school issues for the past 5 years - don't be crazy enough to buy into the phony override request! The current school leadership are corrupt and are only interested in holding their power - particularly the head of the school committee who is only waiting her time to be the next school business manager! I would wait until Taymore and Driscoll leave the system before giving them more money.
TOTALLY AGREE !!!
Melrose has not passed an override in 25 years. What does that matter. That is proof alone that there is no need and never was.
My family can’t afford it and will vote no.
The Mismanagement lack of Transparency and Coverups. No on any Override.
If it’s not an override for public safety, it will fail on this city. And that’s exactly the way it should be. Schools have had their chance, they blew it. Find people that can budget correctly and they will be fine.
It is big dark secret, just the way they want it.
Financial Incompetence shown in black and white. A small example which represents and illustrates why taxpayers do not trust, the numbers, budgets or financial predictions coming from City Officals. They do not know what the hell they are doing. Vote No on the Override!
My family can’t afford it and will vote no.
Citizens need to come together to say no to this freight train called the Override about to steamroll over Melrose in order to line the greedy pockets of administration and do nothing to improve anything. It can be derailed, as similar efforts by some of the same players have been in past years.
Melrose Messages is needed because of what citizens and politicians allow. Melrose is far from being ONE either “One Community Open to All” or “One Melrose”.
One community open all. ALL? A slogan coined by democrats again for their own personal pat on the back. Is there any other city around that is not open to all?
Especially a “city”. It’s nice that by all they mean African, Asian, Hispanic. But some of us know the looks you get when you wear a certain red hat. That look of you must be bigoted misogynist. The look of I wish you lived somewhere else. Don’t get me wrong. I get a lot of thumbs up and high fives. But I just know when someone looks at me that they have a Hate has no Home sign here on their from lawn. They are the most hateful ones.
Melrose has a tax deferral program for seniors. If you cannot pay the taxes on your house, the city will allow you to let them go unpaid and you can defer payment until a later date or when you sell your home (or die should that be the case). You can't just stop paying. You need to enter into an agreement, and the City will charge you INTEREST.
This is exactly the subject of the front page article in today’s Globe. 80 year old Medford man. It could happen in Melrose, too.
Yes I am a angry and baffled. We were told there would not be a special election for New Mayoral candidates because they did not want to spend for a special election then ???? interim Mayor and 30/40K special override election. They knew exactly what they were doing.
It’s interesting the water and sewer rates increases will be recommended on April 30, 2019. Four weeks after the special election. Apparently the city doesn’t want residents to be thinking about the increase water& sewer rates as they head into the special election on April 2. Wonder why??This is both laughable and predictable by city hall. We already pay the third highest water & sewer rate of the 66 MWRA communities. Now they are hiding the rate increase until after the special election.How much more does Melrose want us to pay? There is currently $1.46million in reserves in the water & sewer enterprise funds.Override Overboard On April 2 2019.
I agree with what you said. It's only one community if you go along, if not, get out. But how can Melrose expect any change - ANY CHANGE whatsoever, if the same people are voted in time and time again? This is where the issue starts. These Aldermen get too comfortable while doing too little. They fall into complacency and mediocrity and we accept this outcome. Shame on us.
I find it disturbing that ones political voice has and is being smothered by the "louder" voice. Yelling louder or hurling insults doesn't solidify ones stance. Telling residents and business owners that they shouldn't vote a certain way doesn't change a vote. Saying you can't say this or that, doesn't mean it isn't said. Even telling someone you can't wear a 'red' hat doesn't change anything whatsoever. If you happen to be on the opposite side of their argument you're seen as uneducated, stupid, hateful, and even uncaring. It appears that many people in this town think that NOT allowing someone's opinion to be aired or displayed, makes that opinion disappear. Let me assure you, it does not. It only forces that opinion to a dark corner in the background, some thinking it suppressed. But it isn't suppressed and this type of suppression only breeds resentment. You know what this type of resentment gets? This gets you outcomes like 'Brexit' and President Trump.
ALL of us in Melrose will play a part in the override outcome, win or lose. But remember, by not truthfully and honestly engaging in the debate, you will inevitably loose the debate.
Melrose: The wannabe wealthy community.
Melrose has always thought they were/wanted to be Winchester and Lynnfield, but of course we're not, we're Saugus, Wakefield, Stoneham, Medford, etc., and THAT'S FINE, there's nothing wrong with that at all. Just stop "pretending".
This again? This is a gross oversimplification. Per pupil expenditures are calculated by dividing a district's operating costs by its average pupil membership (FTEs), including in-district expenditures per pupil and total expenditures per pupil, which includes in-district and out-of-district spending and enrollment.
It does not include expenditures like the learning common or those ridiculous pods.
Would not consider the merits of additional taxes in any shape, manner or form until funds are appropriated for new Fire and Police Buildings.
Voting No for the poorly conceived Schools Only debacle.
Melrose needs a cleansing flush.No Override.
So get out and make your vote matter. April 2 2019
What about parents who have never had children in this school system, who are currently sending their kids to a parochial school? Their costs rise every year and now we are asking them to pay into a pot that they've never taken from. I realize the school system is a community expense, but does anyone ever think of these families? Just a thought....
Parents who chose to pay directly for their children's education through private school, religious school or home school should not have to pay any local taxes which are earmarked for the local public school budget. They are doing their part to educate the future generation and should not have to pay twice.
People who remain childless should not have to pay either. Why is it assumed that they have to subsidize your breeding? Their contribution to future generation is a less crowded world.
If indeed you "....don't want to live in a city, state, or country full of stupid people.", I can't believe that you're still here. Didn't the results of the last national election, and our current leadership 'problems' show you that what you don't want has already occurred?
And never having had children in this, or any other school system, I have certainly paid MORE than my share for other people's education!
You're not the beneficiary of anybody's education when you type into your computer.
So get out and make your vote matter. April 2 2019 .Vote NO ON APRIL 2 2019
A “NO’ vote means “yes” to cuts in these services.
Council on Aging: Cut $48,214
* Limit Milano Center hours to 8am-1pm (no afternoon programs)
* Cut COA Minibus transportation by 70%
* Reduce volunteer coordinator hours to 2 hrs/wk
Not a scare tactic, not even espousing a position, just sharing real information. No response required.
We do not believe you and are voting no
Just leaving this here in case anyone cares how the state gives aid to the local school districts...(I know, pretty boring stuff)
BTW....State Chapter 70 aid is supposedly increasing by 200 million in 2020
Dangerous is an interesting word choice. The use of “Dangerous” encourages fear and insecurity which is what this Override has been all about because of scare tactics and lies. This Override debacle has caused a serious and ugly divide which was not necessary. The Override discussion should have waited until the 11-19 Mayoral election. No unelected (seen as illegitimate by many) puppet “leader” should ever have put the Override forward. Melrose is far from “One “Community Open to All” and we are far from being “One Melrose”. Off to vote No with a very heavy heart!