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Special Town Election Today

Today's override election will determine the future of Marblehead's Old Town House, the landfill and Glover School.

Today, Marblehead voters have to decide only four big ticket items – not the 10 they faced last year.

In today's , voters will be asked to decide if the town can borrow money for projects that will require higher property taxes than that allowed under the 21/2 percent annual increase.

Last year all 10 items went down in defeat. Of the four this year, two are brought back from last year – but at a much reduced price tag.

Each item on the ballot has strong support. But there is equally strong opposition.

As it was last year, the opposition is led by a group that now calls itself the Marblehead Committee for Fiscal Responsibility.

Questions:

1. Residents will be asked to approve a question that calls for a renovation project that would make the town's Old Town House universally accessible to all visitors.

2. : Residents will be asked to approve a question that calls for the capping of the town's old landfill. If the landfill is not capped, the town can expect to be fined for non-compliance.

3. : Residents will be asked to approve a project that would call for the construction of a new, more modern local transfer station.

4. : Residents will be asked to approve a mulit-million dollar project that calls for the reconstruction of The Glover School.

Polling Location Changes

To make this election even more interesting, the polling locations for Precincts 1, 2, 3 and 4 have changed. Voters in Precincts 1, 2 and 3 will vote at the Masonic Temple, 62 Pleasant Street. Voters in Precinct 4 will vote at the Community Center, 10 Humphrey Street.

Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. Marblehead Patch will be posted results as they become available.

Jack Buba June 14, 2011 at 11:50 AM
Please be careful with your language. We do not have "Annual overrides" it just seems that way in Marblehead because the town can't take NO for an answer. These are SPECIAL Elections. and should be few and far between. "Annual Special Election" is an oxymoron. This Special election is about a total of $43 Million in new spending. What is the town thinking? We can barely afford our gas and groceries. Please vote NO.
Dan Tucker June 14, 2011 at 01:16 PM
Who stands up the the disabled minority? For the environment? For the future of the next 50 years of Marblehead's children? For TRUE fiscal responsibility? I do. I voted YES on all 4 questions because they are in the best long-term interest of Marblehead. I ask all Marbleheaders to do the same.
Jo Ann Augeri Silva June 14, 2011 at 02:08 PM
You are right, Dan! Marblehead is not an amorphous "Them" as Mr. Buba and his Vote No on Everything group claims. Marblehead and its town officials are us -- volunteers who work long hours to find the best solutions that meet the town's needs. Marblehead is you, Maureen, Trent, and Dana, families with talent, energy, and disabilities that must be recognized and respected so that you can continue to do Gold Medal quality work. Marblehead is so well run that our taxes, lower than surrounding communities, provide more services at better quality, than surrounding communities. The truth about Marblehead is that this great town is not run by anonymous spendthrifts who need to be taught some draconian lesson. The truth is that Marblehead deserves the best, and our town officials, who are US, work tirelessly to find ways to provide the best at the lowest possible cost. Vote Yes on all four questions -- you and your children and grandchildren deserve no less.
Jack Buba June 14, 2011 at 02:26 PM
Oh Please, Such rhetoric! This is about giving more money to the same people who just blew $5.4 million on the Village School instead of using that money for the Glover, a supposed proirity for the School Committee. The spending was so eggregious that even the State, which is not known for being thrifty, refused to reimburse us for this spending spree. Vote NO; Tell the Town that until they respect the taxpayers we won't give them any more money.
Jo Ann Augeri Silva June 14, 2011 at 03:23 PM
Rhetoric: The art of effective and persuasive thinking and writing. Thank you! I have wondered for a long time why you hate Marblehead so much, Mr. Buba. The Town is not a group of people we don't know who make decisions in a vacuum. We vote for the hard-working people who make up The Town, and they look just like us. You yourself were part of The Town, until it was clear that your priority was twisting facts to your own purpose rather than helping The Town work smoothly and well. Is that the source of your hate? Or is it the consequences of your behavior at the Charter School, or at the Dolphin Yacht Club? Perhaps all of that combined has fueled what is clearly unreasoned hatred. It's sad that your arguments are based only in anger. I prefer to base my rhetoric on hope for the future. I agree that the mistakes at the Village School are difficult to swallow, but knowing the people involved, I believe that they were honest mistakes, and that their decisions were based on poor guidance from counsel who should be held accountable. But there was no evil involved, nothing to call for the depth of your venom. I hope the residents of Marblehead see through your hatred and vote for the future.
Jack Buba June 14, 2011 at 04:52 PM
Rob Dana was quoted as saying " We delivered what we said and then some..." regarding the Village School. Well DUH? You spent $5.4 Million more than required, I suspect that $5.4 million buys a lot of "then some." Trouble is that it was not Rob's money to spend. And the state agrees with us. Don't give them any more money. If the school Committee just reallocates 3% of thier budget they can fund the Glover school entirely out of what we already give them ($28.8 millon a year.) You have to live within your budget why can't they?
Oldtown June 14, 2011 at 07:46 PM
I’d be far comfortable giving the school department additional money to spend if I believed that its leaders were good stewards of that money. As in all governments, some departments are better than others. We do need to replace Glover, but without proper controls in place to oversee the spending, we are asking for another mess again. That doesn’t mean we should reject it. The Glover project will probably pass today, but we should not turn a blind eye to the problems that exist in this process. We should continue to demand a proper accounting and analysis of the Village project by an independent auditor and forensic accountant, regardless of today’s override outcome. How did the $5 million get spent and, more importantly, who authorized it and were the expenses necessary? Apparently the state didn’t think so or they would have reimbursed more of that money. We should also demand significantly more transparency in the process moving forward with an independent auditor overseeing the process throughout, and sitting adjunct to the building oversight committee. Remember that money comes from OUR pockets.
John Buba June 14, 2011 at 11:10 PM
Good points Old Town, but I am sure you taught you kids that rewarding bad behavior just brings more bad behavior. If the school had to spend their own budget on the school you can be sure they'd watch the money and they would be much more careful the next time they asked for an override. This is not punishment; it is the natural consequence of their actions.
Kevin June 16, 2011 at 12:43 PM
What Mr. Buba is suggesting is that you should always punish the people for what their leaders do. For example if the leader or congress of a nation pulls some stunt, it is best to starve or withhold from the citizens of that nation to punish its leaders. Right Jack? So in order to teach theose pesky school comittee members not pull anymore stunts we'll go after the children who need to be educated in a safe, clean building. That will teach them. I have yet to see any of our wonderful naysayers (say for example Jack Buba or Barbara Anderson or any of the tit heads who blame the police chief for anything from passing gas to the JFK assasination) spend an ounce of energy to thwart the re-election of some of these people. It is our system of gevernment, if someone is doing a bad job vote them out!!!!!! Don't go after their constituents.

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