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WVN #96: Meeting tonight to Avoid Override

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    Wayland Voters Network June 13, 2005 Dear Wayland Voter, COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS COST CUTTING A committee of Wayland officials is scheduled to meet at 6 p.m.
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      Wayland Voters Network
      June 13, 2005

      Dear Wayland Voter,

      COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS COST CUTTING

      A committee of Wayland officials is scheduled to meet at 6 p.m. Monday at
      the Town Building "to discuss the Fiscal year 2007 containment plans to
      avoid an override."

      The committee, created earlier this month, includes Selectman Michael
      Tichnor, School Superintendent Gary Burton, Finance Committee Chairman
      Bob Lentz, Finance Director Michael DiPietro, Human Resources Director
      John Senchyshyn and Executive Secretary Jeff Ritter.

      Lentz has predicted that there will be an override vote next year.

      There is general agreement that something must be done. If tax rates
      continue to increase at the current 8.9 percent pace, Wayland's already high
      property taxes will double in eight years.

      Some reasons cited for the $2.3 million override vote passed in April may
      still exist, such as rapidly rising health care costs and contractual wage
      increases. Wayland took $500,000 from Water Department reserves in an
      unusual and controversial move to prevent a larger override. Water
      commissioners have warned that a surplus that large may not exist in the
      future.

      Wayland officials are studying a $100 million multiple-use development
      proposed for the former Raytheon property on Route 20. Supporters say the
      project could add $1 million to the town's tax revenues. The earliest
      estimate for occupancy is 2008. Many unknowns remain. Officials hope for a
      special Town Meeting in the fall on the zoning changes
      necessary to proceed.

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      CORRECTION: In a previous newsletter WVN reported incorrectly that one of
      the Planning Board articles was passed over at annual Town Meeting. In fact,
      voters passed it.

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      Margo Melnicove and Michael Short, Editors
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