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    Wayland Voters Network September 17, 2004 Dear Wayland Voter: In a guest column in yesterday s Town Crier, the School Committee misleads voters regarding the
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      Wayland Voters Network
      September 17, 2004

      Dear Wayland Voter:

      In a guest column in yesterday's Town Crier, the School Committee
      misleads voters regarding the impact on taxpayers of the proposed $56
      million project to demolish Wayland High School (except the Field
      House) and replace it with a new structure. In the column, the
      School Committee states:

      "We are delighted that the new School Building Assistance legislation
      under Chapter 70B of the Mass. General Laws will provide significant
      reimbursement to the town after 2007. This will significantly lessen
      the financial burden on our taxpayers."

      The truth is there is NO GUARANTEE that Wayland will receive a dime
      in School Building Assistance funds for the high school project. No
      one can apply for the new monies until July 1, 2007. The amount of
      money available each year will be limited. If the total sought by
      applicants exceeds the amount available, then certain applicants will
      not receive SBA funds. The criteria for selecting one project over
      another will not be known until 2006. In addition, state treasury
      official Jeff Stearns says the new law gives no advantage for
      starting a project early. Stearns told the High School Building
      Committee's Aug. 26 public forum there is "no guarantee" of
      reimbursement if a project is started before 2007.

      And yet School Committee members would have you believe that state
      reimbursement is guaranteed and that your tax burden will be eased.
      Shame on them.

      Margo Melnicove, WVN Chair
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