RE: [lexington] One more plug for voting YES on the Override
- In addition, I am coordinating sign holding for Precinct 1 (at Harrington
School) for election day. If anyone is available and willing to hold a sign
for an hour or two, please contact me at ann@...
Ann Shildneck Redmon
From: Harry Forsdick [mailto:harry@...]
Sent: Monday, May 31, 2004 8:35 PM
Subject: [lexington] One more plug for voting YES on the Override
I just revisited the YES for Lexington web site
(http://www.yesforlexington.org). In addition to the facts about the
override, there are links I think are important:
1. Get a YES lawn sign: http://tinyurl.com/36cm8 (this will create a new
email message that you can send requesting a YES lawn sign)
2. Election Day activities, including things you can do to help encourage
people to vote: http://yesforlexington.org/electionday.html.
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- Proposition 2 1/2 is a stupid law. It is perhaps the ultimate
unfunded mandate in a state that's full of them. That number
came right out of nowhere and clearly makes no sense today,
especially as the other unfunded mandates pile on. The right
way to keep officials from spending too much is to vote
overspending officials out of office, not to micromanage them
with artificial budget limits. And the numbers I've seen don't
look like overspending to me. They just happen to be over this
silly arbitrary limit.
Prop. 2 1/2 pits town government against the citizens who
elected them. We just voted these people in! It's crazy to
give them that show of support on election day and then revoke
that support on override day. What kind of message are we
Prop. 2 1/2 also makes us lousy employers and lousy stewards*
of our town. I have a friend who almost didn't apply for a
school librarian job in Winchester because she feared her job
would disappear if the next override failed like the last one
did. How do those cops and firefighters who we fired last year
feel about us as an employer? Will they even come back? And if
they do, will they put as much of their hearts into it as they
did before, knowing that the whim of the electorate can send
them packing again any time?
But as long as Prop. 2 1/2 remains on the books, we will need
to override it when necessary. Now is such a time.
I feel like we need a George Bailey to stand up and say, "no
Mr. or Ms. So-and-so, that $331.17** is not in your wallet,
it's keeping our kids' classes small enough so they get some
personal attention from their teachers!*** It's paying for
Lexpress to provide mobility to folks in town who might
otherwise not have it, like kids and, yes, seniors!**** It's
paying for the DPW to clean our library! It's hiring police!
Could any of us do that with $331.17?
Taxes are not evil. It's a myth that each of us can use that
$331.17 better than the town can. Economies of scale can even
beat the inevitable inefficiency of bureaucracy. As Faith said
so well, by pooling our resources through taxation, we make
our community stronger. Taxation (by a representative
government) means a little less "me" and a little more "us",
which strikes me as noble. I can't think of anything better to
do with that $331.17.
Vote yes yes yes yes yes yes.
* I thank Tom Diaz for making many of us realize that the term
"stewardship" applies in particular to our responsibility to
our town as citizens.
** According to the Yes for Lexington web site
(http://www.yesforlexington.org/) the override would cost a
$614,000 house an extra $331.17 per year. I'm guessing
$614,000 is the average assessment.
*** I'm tired of hearing about the Teachers' union as the
enemy. Sure they want to be paid more and we'd rather pay
less, but often our interests line up, for example in desire
for small class sizes. And every teacher I've met, from the
best to the worst, wants nothing more than they want what's
best for our kids. Though capricious Prop. 2 1/2 firings don't
**** I'm also tired, like many of us, of hearing about seniors
as if they were a monolithic "No" bloc. My parents always
voted in favor of Montgomery County, MD schools long after we
kids had flown the coop. The result was that, when they needed
to move out of their house for health reasons, their house was
worth enough that the proceeds from the sale became an
important retirement asset. Of course they didn't vote that
way for selfish reasons, but they might as well have!
P.S. I see "Yes" signs everywhere and very few "No" signs. I
see "Yes" supporters all over this list and very few "No"
supporters. I'm sure most of us see the same thing. This is
_very_ encouraging! But let's not get complacent. My guess is
that we lost last time out of complacency. So please
everybody, vote, and make sure to get all your friends and
neighbors to do the same. Friends don't let friends stay home
on June 8. A victory is not guaranteed, and a victory by a
wide margin would be nicer.