I’ve seen literature from the “Yes for Newburyport” folks, but until this Saturday, I had not seen anything from the “Know Newburyport” (knownewburyport.com) folks.
But, as I was walking around Newburyport, MA, , at least in the South End of town, there were bright yellow flyers with the heading “Stop Tax Override.” The content of the first page of the flier is below:
Passing the Override Fails Our Community
- It is a “Band-aid” approach to long-standing systemic issues.
- Adds to each property owner’s real estate tax forever without any assurance of a solution to the financial challenges of the schools.
- No assurance that the money will go to the schools after the first year.
- This override only addresses school needs and ignores the fact that our city has other financial challenges. Additional overrides/debt exclusions are currently being considered for as early as the November 2007 election. A full comprehensive city/school plan is needed.
Saying No to the Override is a Positive Response
- Voting No encourages responsible analysis and fiscal accountability within the School Department.
- Allows the School Department time to create a long term plan, based upon the recently approved reorganization, thus ensuring Newburyport’s children the best education possible.
- Allows the necessary time to fully investigate other revenue sources and options.
Vote No to Encourage Adoption of True Zero-Based Budgeting
- Zero-based budgeting ensures against unnecessary spending by requiring complete analysis line by line in each program.
- Successful private large and small corporations have utilized zero-based budgeting for decades as a means of insuring fiscal responsibility (not a “modified” version as the schools recently claimed they used this budget year).
- For the past 10 years, citizens have requested the school committee and Superintendent to utilize this effective tool because it is a proven sound business practice.
- Why is there continued resistance to this request???
VOTE NO ON TUESDAY, MAY 22nd
(Editor’s Note: I was unable to duplicate the format of the flier. My apologies to the folks involved in the “kNOw Newburyport” campaign.)