It's no secret that the pro-override people will be out in force on election day. It's crucial that those of us opposed to the override not abdicate our responsibility. We cannot assume that opposition to the override is strong enough that we, each and every one of us, isn't crucial to the effort to stop it. Get to the polls and cast a ballot.
There are some really clear choices available to us this time around, and we have a real opportunity to send a very clear message - that we are fed up with business as usual, that our patience has run out, and that we will not trust them with any more of our hard-earned dollars until it's clearly demonstrated that they have put their house in order.
Get to the polls and vote. If you don't you will have no right to complain about whatever comes next.
Saying YES to Melrose by voting NO!!!!
Chew on this for a minute. The override in the first year is for 2.2 million. Thanks to compounding due to annual 2.5% increases, after 12 years it will be slightly over 3 million annually.
One other question - hiring 2 police officers in an attempt to reduce the overtime use. If you were to hire two officers, why couldn't you pay them with the overtime savings?
Excellent question. The overtime saved won't pay for those two police officers though. Won't even make a dent. The alderman completed a comprehensive study on this and determined it would require 6-8 new hires to reduce the amount of overtime. So hiring two officers just means two more full salaries and overtime to stand on street corners and supervise construction.
Back in the middle to late 1980's there were 4 Lieutenants, 9 Sergeants, and 47 Patrolmen as per the city charter. Today there are 4 Lieutenants, 9 Sergeants, and about thirty five Patrolmen. Like a previous poster said one patrolman just retired and several more will have to in the next couple of years. Will they be replaced? The two officers that the override will fund are just a throw in for the first year to make it look like city hall cares about public safety. If they did they would hire two officers every year with the override funds. Voting NO on this one.
If two more policemen are needed, why did the police chief deny that he had asked for them at the budget hearing ?
The headline in the Melrose Weekly News on July 31 was "Big drop in major crimes here". It documented a 14 percent drop in tne crimes the first half of the year. What was the ansewr from the Mayor's office - add more police.