The following Letter to the Editor appeared in the online edition of the Belmont Citizen Herald on March 18, 2021 and appeared in the print edition on March 25, 2021.
I am a proud Belmont resident, and I am writing in support of the override.
In 2006 my husband and I moved to Belmont to raise our children. As we were looking for our home, we considered many factors: a warm and welcoming community and a town that provided a quality education that valued music and the arts. Our children have since graduated from Belmont High School. Without a doubt, the experience they had in the arts and music program alongside their academic preparation is paramount to the adults they have become and how they are making their way in the world.
Voting to increase one’s taxes is counterintuitive. None of us wants to pay more, especially during difficult and uncertain times. I am voting for the override to ensure that the current and future generation of Belmont families and students can have the same experience that my children had.
However, it is clear to me that the chronic underinvestment in our town and schools no longer be put off and that we have a moral obligation to ensure equity across the generations. Families and students who live here should not do with less than what my children and generations before us enjoyed.
Ariane Breitenbach Frank , Oakley Road