A postcard came informing me of a district-wide ballot to fund a new Minuteman High School. The ballot was needed because one of the communities (Belmont) declined to approve bonding. Minuteman said: “On May 4, 2016, one of Minuteman’s 16 member town meetings (Belmont’s) voted to disapprove the bond, effectively vetoing the project.” Belmont’s stance was confirmed at a meeting on June 20th. Hence we all vote.
The new building is a $22.5M project, supposedly. Belmont’s assessment would be $1.2M, somewhere in the middle of the pack. The assessment would add a nickle per $100K to Belmontians’ property taxes, which on the low end. See http://minuteman.org/cms/lib8/MA01907667/Centricity/Domain/81/V%2018.1-10%20member%20Towns.pdf for the figures.
The vote is to be held on September 20th. While not well-informed enough to judge the project, I would be inclined to consider it a wise investment. Does anyone know of any organized opposition to building the facility or why Belmont Town Meeting declined the bond issue? Is it because Belmont is building a new high school itself? Are we broke? What does Will and others in this forum think about this project?