I find it disheartening that the state will spend $6M for Waltham to get a new pool, while we in Belmont (and Arlington) seem to struggle for everything. (Belmont is talking about $2M for our own pool, with our own money…) Rep Peter Koutoujian said “many families in Waltham do not own a summer home or have memberships to private clubs”, blah, blah. Well, that’s true of most of us in most towns. My family income is about in the middle for Belmont and I don’t have those things. Yes, I realize this is a free, MDC/DCR pool open to everyone.
Waltham has never had a prop tax override – they never need one with their tax base. I know you and other reps and senators have made some progress one the equity in the state aid formulas (like for chap 70), but it still seems every facet of state aide is still against us. Please keep up work in that area!
Reference the boston.com article today: http://www.boston.com/yourtown/news/waltham/2010/10/state_pledges_6_mil_to_rebuild.html