WVN #36: shame on them
- 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