Please don’t skip Town Meeting this year because there isn’t a school operational override. There are two very important school-related issues on the warrant and we need massive parent turnout. School opponents will be out in force for town meeting; we ALL need to show up to make sure our voice is heard.

  1. HWRSD Capital Debt Exclusion to Fund School Building Repairs.
    • The School Committee has proposed a capital debt exclusion of $1.241 million to fund essential repairs to our school buildings. This is different from an operating override and has a minimal effect on property taxes.
    • Based on median assessed home values, the tax impact is estimated at $30.37 per year in Hamilton and $31.46 per year in Wenham. In fact, the tax impact will be mitigated due to cost savings associated with refinancing the MRMS debt at a lower interest rate.
    • The repairs covered by the debt exclusion address serious health and safety issues in our school buildings and remedy some of the deficiencies noted by the accreditation committee. The issues being funded by the debt exclusion are not going away and will only get more expensive to repair if we wait.
    • With interest rates so low, now is the ideal time to fund these projects. We’ll e-blast detailed information about the capital debt exclusion after school vacation—stay tuned.
  2. Proposal for Saturday Town Meetings in Hamilton.

    There is a warrant article to be voted on to permanently move Hamilton Town Meeting to Saturday, rather than a weeknight. This proposal makes it more difficult for parents to attend town meeting. Weeknight meetings enable the most residents to attend—as evidenced by the 900-person turnout at last year’s town meeting. Please attend the Hamilton Town Meeting to vote against this “Saturday” measure: it’s anti-family and anti-school and it is designed to decrease participation at Town Meetings.

School opponents will be out in force for town meeting. Make sure you come out too!

Please mark these Important Dates on your calendar!

WENHAM

May 2, 8:00 AM- 12 PM Wenham Annual Town Election, Buker
May 2, 1:00 PM Wenham Annual Town Meeting, Buker
May 14, 7:00 AM-8:00 PM Wenham Ballot Vote*, Buker

HAMILTON

May 4, 7:30 PM Hamilton Town Meeting, HWRHS
May 5, 7:30 PM continuation of Hamilton Town Meeting, HWRHS
May 14, 7:00 AM-8:00 PM Hamilton Town Election* and Ballot Vote*, Winthrop

* Absentee ballots are available for town elections and ballot votes (NOT for town meeting so you must attend).The form can be downloaded from www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/eleifv/howabs.htm.

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