$5.5M Override: Where Do You Stand?

Override: Yes or No.
Override: Yes or No.
Shrewsbury voters will go to the polls next week to vote on a $5.5 million Proposition 2 1/2 override. There's been a bit of back and forth about the issues on posts here at Shrewsbury Patch. Here's an overview of some of the things voters have had to say on the issue: 
What do you think? Post your letters or long form comments here in the Letters to the Editor section of our site
bch May 27, 2014 at 10:39 AM
I am voting yes on June 3rd. Town officials across all boards have stated this is necessary to put shrewsbury back on the right track. The fiscal study committee concluded there are no new revenue sources and a modest tax increase is the way to maintain the great town shrewsbury is. Class sizes have ballooned, course offerings have been cut and town services have been cut or altered. I am voting yes to restore some of the great services in the town and to stop dismantling the school system. Voting yes is a choice that I will make to help restore shrewsbury to the great town I moved to years ago.
Paton PTO May 27, 2014 at 12:23 PM
The Board of the Paton School PTO fully supports the $5.5 million dollar override on June 3rd. We have spent time learning the facts and truly understand the hardships the town is facing. As a town, we have cut as much as possible with stripping the town of core municipal services our community has come to expect. We are at a critical juncture. Shrewsbury has a revenue generation problem -- due in part -- to incredibly strong, fiscal management through the years. (we are very thankful for that!) But, Prop 2 1/2 legislation hurt communities such as ours -- who have always spent money thoughtfully and responsibly. We firmly believe an increase to our revenue base is the only option to preserve our town for the long-term. Please join us in voting YES on June 3rd to help invest and preserve our town. A YES will help provide necessary funds to support our highways, police department and our schools who have faced crippling cuts for decades. Finally, we respect our elected officials who UNANIMOUSLY and thoughtfully support the override on June 3rd -- they understand it is a fiscally responsible option for Shrewsbury.
Theresa Flynn May 27, 2014 at 04:01 PM
I will vote yes because our leaders have been diligent in exhausting all other alternatives. I will vote yes because it has been clearly outlined that our safety, our town services and our children's education will be compromised if we do not increase revenue. I will vote yes because I believe in our community and I am willing to invest in all of us. The FACTS are compelling--this is not an emotional decision. A failed override is what hurts everyone.
czarobe May 28, 2014 at 08:52 AM
The only choice is a YES vote on June 3. We can't allow our schools and town services to continue to deteriorate. We're on a downward slide that is damaging both our quality of education and our town's ability to provide a safe and pleasant place to live. It's time to show our town leaders, town employees, school administrators and, most definitely, our teachers that we're 100 percent behind what they do every day. Make a difference. Secure our future and our children's future. It is crucial we vote YES on June 3.


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