An update from the YES for Belmont including information on the impact of federal COVID relief funds on Belmont’s budget. (Spoiler alert: they’re not going to solve all of our budget problems.) Also: a recap of the first debate and letters of support from across the Belmont community.
Our kids are “grown and flown,” so should we really care so much about the schools and rec programs? We are not ready to downsize, and we are not yet senior citizens, do we need to support programs for seniors? Do we really need to address town-wide issues now if they can wait a couple more years? The answer to all these is “yes.”
In the debate about whether to support an override, there is one thing I think everyone can agree upon: No one likes to see their taxes increase. However, I think the adage “you get what you pay for” also applies, writes Jack Weis of Belmont on the pending Proposition 2 1/2 Override.
Belmont’s public library is only one of many elements of life in Belmont that will be impacted if the April override fails. But it’s one that is close to my heart and improves quality of life for residents of all ages. Join me in voting “yes” on April 6 to preserve library services.
Belmont resident and music teacher Mike Reavey writes asking residents to “support the override to give our young learners the opportunity to build their identity through music, the arts, and other programs that could suffer setbacks.“
“I know how cathartic a ‘no’ vote might feel after a year of seemingly endless restrictions,” writes Belmont’s Justin Hard. “Please resist that urge. Instead, let’s keep our wits about us and put enough gas in the proverbial tank to get us across the COVID-19 divide and into 2022 and beyond. Vote ‘yes’ ‘ on the override on April 6.”
Overrides don’t just fill in our town’s economic gaps; they make it possible to hire new teachers, who in turn enrich our students’ lives.
The following opinion was shared on the Belmontonian on February 22, 2021. I have been a public-school educator for the past 22 years and currently work as a middle school special educator. I have two children at Butler […]
The following Guest Commentary was published in the Belmont Citizen Herald online February 23, 2021 and also in the February 25 print edition. We are writing as mother and daughter who want to preserve for our children and […]
We understand if you are frustrated with aspects of school during the pandemic, but please do not direct this frustration toward a vote that will further harm our students.