Margaret Dolan says reduction in revenue coincides with increasing enrollment.
Thursday, December 6, 2012
On December 11, voters in Westfield will have the opportunity to decide how they want to finance the cost of replacing the majority of outlived roofing on our school buildings. A bond is a mechanism by which state, municipal and school bodies fund large capital expenses. This bond referendum before voters will spread the cost of the roofs over 20 years. Current low bond interest rates make this a favorable time to issue bonds. The tax impact to the average homeowner is estimated at $31 in 2014. Thereafter, the tax impact actually will decrease due to other bonds which will mature and be fully paid. The bond referendum has been reviewed by bond counsel and meets all legal requirements. Roof concerns have been discussed at public Board of …
Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 24.
After months of arguing for and against the $16.9 million dollar bond referendum proposed by the Westfield Board of Education, the vote is just days away. On Monday, Sept. 24, Westfield residents will head to the polls between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. to decide the fate of two separate multi-million dollar capital projects—district-wide roof repairs and a lighted turf field—bundled into one bond referendum. Some residents have stated that they would have preferred to decide each project on its own merits. Taxpayers contrasted the roof repair – almost unanimously viewed as an urgent necessity – with a turf field that some felt was more of a luxury. Residents of the high school area expressed concern with potential nuisances spilling over and …