Proposition 2 1/2 Override Vote Killed by City Council


It is, however, a bittersweet win. Yes, this poorly and hastily crafted bid for raising taxes would have had no chance of winning in November. And because it would have served as a referendum on the schools, it ultimately would have done more harm than good. At the same time, we do support the idea of a Proposition 2 1/2 override vote in principle.

What this experience has confirmed is that getting an override vote passed in Westfield will be very, very difficult and not one to be undertaken without some serious strategizing and careful planning. It will need a very careful building of alliances and trust between many people in the city. Most importantly, the effort will require a selfless dedication on the part of hundreds of individuals who can pull together and educate the public why increasing taxes on themselves is in their best interest. This is not an idea that can be hatched from the brain of a lone councilor and succeed.

So where do we go from here. Does SWS go dormant again until the next crisis that threatens our school's budget comes along? Or should find some way to keep the discussion about a Proposition 2 1/2 override going?

We welcome your thoughts.

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